October 21, 2017
The Four Seasons Ballroom
98 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701
Now in its third year, and following many years of the Gala del Museo, La 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-three years in Austin with critically acclaimed exhibitions, award-winning education programs, and unique cultural events that serve the community and schools. In celebration of the 110th Anniversary of Frida Kahlo’s birth, Mexic-Arte Museum pays tribute to Frida Kahlo with this year’s La Catrina Ball - ¡Viva Frida!
Patron of the Arts Award
Dr. Teresa Lozano Long
Dr. Teresa Lozano Long has been a pioneer in education and philanthropy, and is one of Austin’s most prominent and passionate supporters of the arts.Together with her husband, Joe Long, Dr. Lozano Long has donated generously to organizations that promote the arts, with an emphasis on Latino arts and culture - The Long Foundation, the Long Center for the Performing Arts, and the Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, just to name a few. Mexic-Arte Museum recognizes Dr. Lozano Long’s legacy and commitment to the arts, and is pleased to honor her with this year’s Catrina Ball Patron of the Arts Award.
Lifetime Achievement in the Culinary Arts Award
Chef Miguel Ravago (1945 – 2017)
The late Miguel Ravago introduced Texans to true regional Mexican cuisine. Along with co-founder Tom Gilliland, Ravago established the renowned Austin restaurant Fonda San Miguel in 1975. Now celebrating over four decades of culinary artistry, Fonda San Miguel is one of the most significant restaurants in Texas. Mexic-Arte Museum remembers and honors Ravago at this year’s La Catrina Ball for his lifetime achievements in preserving the best of Mexican culinary arts.
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.
Who is Frida Kahlo?
Frida Kahlo (b. July 6, 1907) was a Mexican painter primarily known for her self-portraits. She began painting after a near-fatal bus accident in 1926 which left her bed-ridden for months. Her work draws on the trauma associated with her painful experiences following the accident, while also exploring Mexican identity. Using fantastical imagery paired with influences from Mexican folklore, Kahlo’s paintings are emblematic of modern art in Mexico.
Runway Presentation by Midi Soliz
Inspired by the work and style of Frida Kahlo, the spirit of Mexico, and La Catrina, Midi Soliz will create captivating works of art for our Runway Presentation at this year’s La Catrina Ball. 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.