Masked: Changing Identities January 25-May 5, 2013
Opening Reception: January 25 from 6pm-9pm
Reception Admission: $10/Free for Members
Special Performance: Danza Azteca Guadalupana
Conversation with the Collectors: Patricia and Carmine De Vivi at 6:30pm
Austin, TX-Masked: Changing Identities / Unmasked: Lucha Libre
The Mexic-Arte Museum’s upcoming survey exhibition, Masked: Changing Identities, showcases selected artworks from the Museum’s permanent collection. Masked: Changing Identities deconstructs the concept of the “mask” as a transformative tool for disguise, performance, and entertainment in Latino and Latin American visual culture. The exhibition focuses on themes of cultural identity, Mexican historiography, folkloric narratives, and anthropological artifacts.
Cultural Identity & Folkloric Narratives
The Museum will also highlight the recent acquisitions to the collection from the Patricia and Carmine De Vivi Mexican Mask Collection, including over 300 popular art masks. These folkloric masks from Central Mexico, including the states of Guerrero and Oaxaca are wood masks used ceremonially, available commercially, and are limited edition art objects. Many of the design elements are appropriated pre-Hispanic imagery conflated with Catholic saints and popular modern images of Mexico. Each mask translates a unique narrative of colonial and indigenous creation myths and history.
Unmasked: Lucha Libre January 25- May 5, 2013
Mexic-Arte Museum unveils a Lucha Libre centered exhibition, examining the costumery and practice of Mexican wrestling. From the brightly-colored costumes and masks, Mexic-Arte Museum presents works of art referencing the Mexican wrestling practice, original luchador (wrestler) masks, and documentaries on the practice in present day. Look beyond the mask and see how this practice has infiltrated the repertoire of many contemporary Latino artists.
To complement the exhibition, the Museum will present the following public programs:
Lectures: Various academic scholars presenting on cultural identities
Luchador mask-making workshop: Make your own lucha mask
Classic Lucha Cinema Series: Enjoy Classic Luchador-themed movies!
Herbalist: Join us in a workshop on the use of natural elements in performance and ritual
For more information please call 512.480.9373 and visit
About Mexic-Arte Museum
Mission Statement: Mexic-Arte Museum is dedicated to cultural enrichment and education through the presentation and promotion of traditional contemporary Mexican, Latino and Latin American art and culture. Since 1984, Mexic-Arte Museum has produced and presented cultural and educational programs for communities in Texas. Mexic-Arte Museum is one of the first museums in the
United States to present Mexican and Mexican American art. In 2003, the 78th Legislature of the State of Texas recognizing the uniqueness and significant cultural role of Mexic-Arte Museum, it designated it as the “Official Mexican and Mexican American Art Museum of Texas”.
419 Congress Avenue Austin, TX 78701
Regular Museum admission & Hours:
Monday – Thursday 10 am – 6 pm, Saturday 10 am – 5 pm, Sunday Noon – 5 pm
Monday – Thursday 9 am – 6 pm, Friday 9 am – 5 pm
Admission $5 adults, $4 senior citizens and students, $1 children 12 and under
Free Admission for Mexic-Arte Museum Members