Antonio E. Garcia Arts & Education Center

The Garcia Center has gallery space that hosts rotating exhibits.

Current exhibit:

Carnival of Color in Masks from Mexico

From the Ben D. Marks Collection at the Art Museum of South Texassea god mask

The tradition of “Carnival” is a time in Mexico and all over the world during the week before Lent when the villagers and townspeople gather to celebrate. These Mexican people wear the masks that they themselves have made from materials indigenous to their area. Sometimes the people create whole costumes to wear along with their masks. This is done as a celebration and a “final fling” before Eastertime. Each mask represents a different character which possesses certain qualities that have meaning in these moving morality plays.

The craft of making these masks was once an art form which was passed down from one generation to the next. Due to modern day influences the land of Mexico and the people are changing. The people in smaller villages are being exposed to commercialism, new technologies and opportunities. These new trends have opened up for them to move to larger cities for work that is more commercially based.

In other cases the mask making has itself become a commercial enterprise, and many masks have been made for the purpose of selling, and not for the use of wearing them during the Carnival celebrations. In this practice, the character and unique qualities within the masks creation have become secondary to the production of large quantities of masks for sale to tourists. Many masks still around today represent the fine quality of personally crafted objects. The symbolism in this collection ranges from a Christian mask, a Devil, to a musician and many animals and people.

Open through April 23

Exhibit hours: 
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Exhibit location: 
Antonio E. Garcia Arts & Education Center
2021 Agnes Street
Corpus Christi, Texas

Coming May 1-11: Elementary Fine Arts Exhibit

This exhibit will showcase selected work from Corpus Christi ISD art classes. An reception will honor contributing student artists on May 11 at 5pm.