March Family Day Celebrating Francisco Toledo

Mar. 21, 2021

Mar. 21, 2021 @ 12:00 pm 4:00 pm

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 Photo by Jorge Luis Plata/Reuters

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The Mexic-Arte Museum will be hosting Family Day with free admission to the Museum and an online activity on Sunday March 21st. The event is inspired by Francisco Toledo’s prolific kite series. Many of Toledo’s kites are currently featured in our exhibition: Mexico, the Border, and Beyond: Selections from the Juan Antonio Sandoval Jr. Collection. One of Mexico’s most important contemporary artists, Francisco Toledo (1940-2019) born in Juchitan, Mexico. He created works that reflected nature and mythology of Mexico while defending the traditions of Oaxaca and also highlighting his own Zapotec heritage. Toledo was also renowned for his social activism and philanthropy and went to great lengths to preserve the culture and history of Oaxaca City. In his later years, the master artist Francisco Toledo, developed a fondness for making kites. He decorated them with stencils of grasshoppers, elephants, monkeys, and skeletons, exhibiting a playfulness that simmered below the surface of much of his work and life.

Using materials that can easily be found at home, follow our virtual lesson step by step to create your very own stencil and paper kite. Create a kite in the style of Toledo in preparation for the Zilker Kite Festival on March 28th!

About Family Day Workshops:

Domingos Gratis en Familia is a program series held every Sunday at Mexic-Arte Museum sponsored by HEB. Admission is waived for guests of all ages from open to close (12-5pm) and there are two tours of the exhibits (2pm in English; 3pm in Spanish by request).

Family Day Workshops are held bimonthly on the 1st Sunday of the month when exhibits are up on Domingos Gratis en Familia. Exhibiting and/or local artists are invited by the museum to lead make-and-take activities inspired by art in the exhibits. These drop-in, informal workshops are for guests of all ages and abilities and free to attend from 12-4pm.

Mexic-Arte Museum

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Austin, TX 78701 United States
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