419 Congress, 512/480-9373
Established in 1984, Mexic-Arte is still one of the few museums in the U.S. devoted to Mexican and Mexican-American art. Its 20,000 square foot home on the corner of Congress & Fifth includes two galleries in which regularly rotating exhibitions highlight work from the traditional (such as the annual Día de los Muertos commemoration, featuring community altars and a street parade) to the contemporary (the annual “Young Latino Artists” exhibit, prints from the Serie Project). The museum’s unique collaboration with Mexican institutions allows it to present major cultural works rarely seen outside that country.
This exhibition serves as a primer on the rich and understudied Chicano art movement in Austin, presenting a variety of mediums, themes, and artists, bringing together revolutionary artwork with abstract, conceptual, and commercial art, to show the breadth of creativity these artists achieved. Through June 19.
- 2017: Critics Most Ubiquitous Brow (Frida Kahlo)
- 2013: Critics Best Screen Play (Mexic-Arte Museum's Screen It! Program)
- 2009: Critics Best Museum Refreshment (Mexic-Arte Paletas)
- 1999: Critics Best Museum Outgrowing Itself
- 1996: Critics Best Art Museum Fundraiser
- 1993: Critics Best Multi-cultural Center
- 1992: Critics Still The Closest Thing To A MACC
- 1991: Readers Best Art Gallery