El Museo Latino

The exhibition includes costume pieces, masks from performances relating to the history and
cultural traditions, images and video. The tradition of carnival is presented through masquerades
and performances. From the earliest known celebrations in the twelfth-century in Rome through
the present, carnival season has allowed participants to play. Rich, poor, young or old, all break
loose and often in unusual ways.

Eight communities in Europe and the Americas will be highlighted through this exhibition where a
carnival is a high point of the yearly cycle. “Carnaval” features individuals who have dedicated
much of their lives to planning, creating, and carrying out the festivities. Original works, costume
pieces, images, masks, and video of their performances relate the history and cultural traditions,
while conveying the importance and function of community building through play.

“Carnaval” is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The exhibit is a traveling
exhibition of the Mid-American Arts Alliance and was organized by the Museum of International
Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico. “Carnaval!” will be on view at El Museo Latino through
March 13, 2010.

Local support for “Carnaval” includes Mutual of Omaha, Qwest, Omaha Steaks, the Mammel
Foundation, Douglas County, the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Humanities Council.
Free public tours are offered on Saturdays beginning at 1 p.m. Guided visits for groups may
be scheduled by calling (402) 731-1137.
EL MUSEO LATINO - 4701 South 25 Street Omaha, NE 68107
phone: (402) 731-1137 - fax: (402) 733-7012 - info@elmuseolatino.org