LPM Staff

ASU carnival puts ‘art’ in party

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On March 31 the ASU Art Museum will succumb to carnival fever – and that’s a good thing, especially for readers of Latino Perspectives.

“Carnaval do Rio – Oba!” is the museum’s inaugural fundraiser infused with Brazilian cultura, including live music, gourmet appetizers, libations and loads of dancing to make guests feel like they’re struttin’ in Rio de Janeiro’s Sambadrome.

The best part: cocktail-hour attired guests also will have the opportunity to bid on contemporary works by artists such as Enrique Chagoya, Sue Chenoweth, Eric Fischl and Tom Otterness. Silent and live auction items will range in value from $25 to $50,000.

The ASU Art Museum, located at 10th Street and Mill Avenue, Tempe, boasts an admirable collection of works by Latino and Chicano artists, as well as the Americas Gallery, which is devoted to art throughout North and South America.

Latino Perspectives readers receive a discount price of $100 per person (regularly $150), with a bonus free membership to the museum (a $100 value).

“We’re thrilled that virtually every artist that we contacted agreed with enthusiasm to donate to this event in recognition of our commitment to local and internationally-known artists. Many of these artistsw had their first exhibition in the ASU Art Museum and are committed to our cause,” says Marilyn Zeitlin, director and curator of the museum.

And the brightest sequin on the headdress: a chance to meet many of the artists who have donated works to the auctions.

Proceeds from the evening will be reinvested in art exhibitions, educational programs, and contemporary and Latin American collections.

The event starts at 7 p.m. Info: visit http://asuartmuseum.asu.edu/carnaval/ or call
(480) 965-2787.

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