Opening Reception: Día de Muertos: A Spiritual Legacy and ¡No se olvida! Remembering the Tlatelolco Massacre

The National Museum of Mexican Art cordially invites you to join us for the opening reception for two extraordinary exhibitions:  Día de Muertos: A Spiritual Legacy and ¡No se olvida! Remembering the Tlatelolco Massacre on Friday, September 21st, from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm.

About Día de Muertos: A Spiritual Legacy:

The Day of the Dead celebration is deeply rooted in the ancient Pre-Cuauhtémoc cultures that believed in life after death and a spiritual existence in the cosmos. After the arrival of the Spanish in the 16th century, the remembrance of the faithful departed was primarily observed on All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days (November 1 & 2) throughout Colonial Mexico. Today, many Mexican communities north of the US/Mexico border participate in the traditions of Day of the Dead by gathering in cultural spaces to honor and remember their loved ones.

Come see the one-of-a-kind displays of traditional and contemporary works of art and join us in celebrating life by remembering the dearly departed members of your community. Among the many installations this year will also be an ofrenda from the Parkland, Florida community that underwent a horrific loss of 17 lives this year at the Stoneman Douglas High School. 

The Día de Muertos exhibition will continue through December 9, 2018. Additional information about participating artists and scheduled programming can be found here.

Curated by Dolores Mercado & Cesáreo Moreno

About ¡No se olvida! Remembering the Tlatelolco Massacre:

On the night of October 2, 1968 the Mexican military and police killed around 325 students and civilians, and arrested more than 1300 protestors in Mexico City’s Tlatelolco neighborhood. Only ten days before the opening ceremony of the summer Olympics in the same city, the massacre in the Plaza of the Three Cultures was immediately covered up and officially disregarded for decades. This contemporary exhibition conveys some of the history on the 50th anniversary of the tragic night of Tlatelolco.

The Tlatelolco exhibition will continue through January 20, 2019. Additional information about the exhibition can be found here.

Curated by Dolores Mercado & Cesáreo Moreno

Please note, doors open at 6:00 p.m. on September 21st, and both exhibitions will not be open to the public prior to that time.

Friday, September 21, 2018 - 6:00pm

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