October 13, 2018
The Fairmont Austin Ballroom
101 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701
Now in its fourth year, and following many years of the Gala del Museo, the Catrina Ball is a spirited annual fundraising event that reminisces the past and recognizes Mexic-Arte Museum’s present accomplishments in visual art and culture. This evening welcomes some of Austin’s greatest luminaries to celebrate the Museum during a night of art, fashion, and philanthropy. Join us this year, as we commemorate thirty-four years in Austin with critically acclaimed exhibitions, award-winning education programs, and unique cultural events that serve the community and schools. Your generous support during this year’s Catrina Ball will propel Mexic-Arte Museum into the future, as it prepares to renovate its building, located on 5th Street and Congress Avenue in downtown Austin, and continues to stand as “The Official Mexican and Mexican American Fine Art Museum of Texas.”
Lifetime Achievement Award in the Visual Arts
The Catrina Ball 2018 honors Guatemalan Mexican artist Rina Lazo for her lifetime achievements in Mexican art and culture. Lazo studied at La Esmeralda, the National School of Painting, Sculpture, and Printmaking in Mexico City. She assisted Mexican muralist Diego Rivera from 1947- 1957, and was an instructor at the National Institute of Fine Arts in Mexico City for more than thirty years. Lazo created mural projects at the Museo de la Universidad de San Carlos in Guatemala and the Museo de Antropología in Mexico City, and is currently working on a mural for Mexic-Arte Museum, which will make its debut at the Museum in the near future.
Patron of the Arts Award
The Catrina Ball 2018 honors long-time Mexic-Arte Museum supporter Manuel Zuniga with the Patron of the Arts Award. Zuniga and his wife Jane graduated from the University of Dallas in the class of 1970. Fifteen years later, they and their four children moved to the Barton Hills neighborhood in Austin, where they still reside. Upon arriving in Austin, Manuel opened Structural Lumber Company, which build components for wood framed buildings. The company was sold in 1990 and Manuel and a friend started a company that came to be known as Geist Manufacturing, located in Lincoln, Nebraska, and built power strips for computer cabinets for data centers. He also directs Zuniga Investments Inc. in Austin, which invests primarily in real estate. He has been a supporter of Mexic-Arte Museum for many years, and considers it the strongest cultural link between Austin’s Mexican American Community and its past.
Carlos Tortolero is the Founder and President of the National Museum of Mexican Art (NMMA) in Chicago. He founded the museum in 1982 and the museum opened its doors in 1987. From 1975-1987, Tortolero worked as a teacher, counselor, and administrator in the Chicago Public School System. He is a recipient of an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Arts from
Columbia College (Chicago), 2016 and an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters in 2017 from the University of Illinois (Chicago).
He has won numerous awards for his work including the Ohtli Award which is the highest honor given by the Secretary of Foreign Relations of Mexico and is given to individuals “Who have distinguished themselves in the services of the Mexican community outside of Mexico.” The National Museum of
Mexican Art is the first Latino museum (1997) accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.
Who is La Catrina?
The first image of La Catrina appeared as a zinc etching originally created by José Guadalupe Posada for a satirical leaflet produced in 1910. While most of his work was unknown during his life, Posada’s images were reintroduced to the public by Jean Charlot and Diego Rivera. Rivera popularized La Calavera Catrina in his mural Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in Alameda Park (1947), and she has since become a time honored symbol for Día de los Muertos that is embraced and celebrated by millions every year.
A New Era
Over the past three decades, the Museum has shaped the dialogue and understanding of traditional and contemporary Mexican, Latinx, and Latin American art and culture in Central Texas, contributing to the cultural fabric of our community. Inspired by the Mayan creation myth of the Hero Twins interpreted through Rina Lazo’s artwork, Mexic-Arte Museum recognizes our native ancestral roots and builds a foundation on pride in order to preserve our heritage for future generations. Now going into its 35th year, Mexic-Arte Museum invites you to take part in a new era, and amplify its impact through world-class exhibitions, the extensive Permanent Collection, public programming, and nationally recognized art education programs.
Runway Presentation by Midi Soliz
Inspired by the work and style of Frida Kahlo, as well as the spirit of La Catrina, Midi Soliz has captivated Catrina Ball attendees in past years through her work on the Runway! Her highly anticipated creations will take to the Runway once again, this year inspired by the myth of the Mayan Hero Twins. Known for her work in film, Soliz has created styles for renowned movie directors such as by Robert Rodriguez, Richard Linklater, Quentin Tarantino, Jason Reitman, and more.