Oct. 17, 2019 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
About Catrina Gala 2019
The Catrina Gala, now in its fifth year, is a spirited annual benefit recognizing Mexic-Arte Museum’s present accomplishments in visual arts and culture while simultaneously honoring the past. The event welcomes some of Austin’s greatest luminaries to celebrate the Museum during a night of art, and philanthropy. This year we commemorate the Museum’s 36 years of presenting critically acclaimed exhibitions, award-winning education programs, and unique cultural events.
The Mexic-Arte Museum annual gala returns to Fonda San Miguel, where benefit dinners for the Museum were held in the late 1990’s. Fonda San Miguel, internationally recognized famed restaurant for serving exquisite foods in a beautiful and warm environment filled with Mexican art and décor, and a welcoming family make this a perfect setting for the Catrina Gala Dinner. We thank Tom Gilliland for his vision, generosity and support and for receiving the Mexic-Arte Museum once again into the Fonda San Miguel, an Austin treasure.
Tickets for the annual gala are $350 and attire is cocktail, with Catrina makeup encouraged. The honorary Chairs of the event are Consul General of Mexico Pablo Marentes Gonzalez and Patricia Lerdo de Tejada. The Museum will be honoring Sergio Bustamante, Lifetime Achievement in the Visual Arts Award, Delia Sifuentes, Patron of the Arts, Jim Nias, Patron of the Arts, and a Special Recognition to Fonda San Miguel.
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.