Art is in the eye of the beholder, whereas swollen retinas are in the eye of the bee holder. Get soul stung by provocative and powerful art with today's Groupon, which gets you a one-year membership at the Mexic-Arte Museum, located downtown on Congress Avenue. Choose from one of the following three membership options, all of which include the same benefits:
- $17 for an individual membership (a $35 value)
- $30 for a dual membership (a $60 value), valid for two adults in the same household
- $37 for a family membership (a $75 value), valid for two adults and any children under the age of 18
The Official Mexican and Mexican American Fine Art Museum of Texas, the Mexic-Arte Museum houses a permanent collection and rotating exhibits that display the creative inclinations of Mexican, Latino, and Latin-American artists, contemporary and classic alike. Membership to this cultural collective allows guests to wander the galleries and appreciate the rotating displays for the duration of one year; they also receive free admission to select events, invitations to Member Preview receptions, and a 10% discount on purchases at the museum store, ideal for finding gifts for beloved artist friends and temporally displaced, artistically inclined historical figures.
The museum regularly introduces exhibitions to its fold, and the 2010–2011 season is no exception. To celebrate the Bicentennial of Mexican Independence, the museum is launching Promises of Independence & Revolution: Artists Interpreting Mexico on September 25. The exhibit will document Mexico’s struggle for autonomy with an eclectic display of artifacts and artistic interpretations of historical events from Mexican, Mexican American, and Texan artists. Exhibits change throughout the year; February brings a collection of student-made artwork, and the paintings and prints of Sam Coronado appear in May, just like May flowers raining down from a hovering flower-shop dirigible in the sky. Items in the permanent collection include 100 traditional ritual masks from the Mexican state of Guerrero, over 200 silkscreen prints from the Coronado Studio, and the Ernest De Soto Collection, a print-filled treasure truss of contemporary Latin American and American lithographs, etchings, fine prints, and more.
Membership must be activated within three months.
The Austin Chronicle and Travel + Lesiure featured the Mexic-Arte Museum, and six Yelpers give it an average of 4.5 stars. The museum also boasts over 1,300 Facebook fans and almost 2,000 followers on Twitter.
- At 25, Mexic-Arte is a bona fide Austin institution, an esteemed colleague to Austin's other arts museums, and a sister institution to a handful of like-minded museums across the nation. – Belinda Acosta, Austin Chronicle
- It’s a compelling collection that highlights how much traditional and contemporary Mexican, Chicano, and Latin American art and culture have influenced the art of Texas. – Travel + Leisure
Every year, more than 75,000 visitors—from schoolchildren to serious art collectors—visit the Mexic-Arte Museum in downtown Austin. They come to see the innovative exhibitions, explore the collections, and soak up the resources that have made the museum a go-to source for educational and cultural programming. Designated as the Official Mexican and Mexican-American Fine Art Museum of Texas, Mexic-Arte was founded by a group of artists in 1984; it's one of the few museums in the United States dedicated to Mexican art. Mexic-Arte showcases the works of both established and emerging artists from Mexico, the United States, and Latin America, allowing them to reach a large audience without having to create extra-large pieces to unravel from the tops of nearby skyscrapers.