Opening Reception for Two Art Exhibits at Mexic Arte, Masked: Changing Identities / Unmasked: Lucha Libre

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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.

Annex Gallery

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:

Museum Hours

Monday – Thursday 10 am – 6 pm, Saturday 10 am – 5 pm, Sunday Noon – 5 pm

Office Hours

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  



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