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Día de los muertos

October 28 – December 4, 1988

21st Annual Día de los muertos exhibition.

2nd Annual Day of the Dead Exhibition This is the largest Day of the Dead exhibition ever held in the Midwest and includes altars/ofrendas

National Museum of Mexican Art 22nd Annual Exhibition. This exhibition honors all of those killed by the Mexican government 40 years ago in the Tlatelolco massacre.

3rd Annual Day of the Dead Exhibition. The Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum presented this exhibition in a continuing effort to bring the best of this unique tradition to Chicago. This exhibit consisted of seven altars executed by different guest artists from Chicago, the Southwest, and Mexico. In addition, the exhibit also included paintings, prints, photographs, and folk art from numerous artists from the previously mentioned areas. During the exhibition, three accomplished artisans from Mexico demonstrated their respective skills in sugar-skull making, “papel picado” (paper cut-outs) and clay sculpting.

The 33rd Day of the Dead exhibition is dedicated to those who tragically lost their lives in El Paso, Texas, where Mexicans and immigrants were targeted in the August 3rd hate crime. The Day of the Dead commemoration is deeply rooted in ancient indigenous beliefs of life after death and a spiritual existence within the universe. After the 16th century Spanish encounter with America, celebrations for the deceased were mainly observed on All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days (November 1 & 2) throughout Mexico. Today, various Mexican communities and regions honor their dead in unique ways. From the Afro Mexican towns along the Costa Chica, to the Mixteca towns in the state of Puebla, each region observes the age-old practice in unique ways. Among the numerous installations this year will be a display from Mexico’s Black Towns in the Costa Chica. Come enjoy the unique installations of traditional and contemporary ofrendas to the dead! Join us in celebrating life by remembering the dearly departed members of your own community. Among the numerous installations this year will be a display from Mexico’s Black Towns in the Costa Chica.

4th Annual Day of the Dead Exhibition.

18th Annual Día de los muertos exhibition.

Within present concerns on cultural diversity issues, the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum inaugurated its fifth annual Day of the Dead exhibit, contributing to the conscious and active process of redeeming and reclaiming our past in ways that transform present reality. Here our celebrations may be different in form to those in Mexico, but the spirit of the tradition lives on. Participation in these re-contextualized rituals enables us to recognize that the cycle of life and death is at the core of human experience, binding all people together.

19th Annual Día de los muertos exhibition.

6th Annual Day of the Dead Exhibition. This year, 1992, marks the quincentennial anniversary of the mythical “discovery of the Americas”. It is time to set the record straight on this myth and clarify the inappropriateness of celebrating what was a cruel invasion in many cases, culminating in the eradication of complete indigenous groups throughout the Americas. How can one discover a land already populated by millions of inhabitants with unique and beautiful cultures? It is significant and rewarding for this institution to host annually its most popular exhibition the Día de los Muertos. Significant because through its installations, folk art, and fine art objects it provides a window into México’s rich culture; present, and past. It is also rewarding because every year for two months, thousands of individuals visit our exhibit and come to a better understanding of the attempts to reconcile the most difficult dilemma humans have had to deal with; life and death. The Día de los Muertos celebration may yet prove to be one of México’s greatest gifts to the world.

20th Annual Día de los muertos exhibition. This exhibition was dedicated to José E. Chapa (1920-2006), a pioneer of Spanish language radio in Chicago, and two of our most renowned sculptors, Juan Soriano (1920-2006) & Luis Jiménez Jr. (1940-2006).

Participating Artists

Eduardo Alvarado, Javier Esparza, Mark Flores, Esperanza Gama, Joan Hackett Romero & Marilyn Houlberg, Antun Kojtom Lam, Claudia G. Martinez, Alejandro Medina, Miller Perez Family, Mujeres Latinas en Accion, Eric Chavez Santiago, Elsa Sanchez Diaz, Adriana Villagomez, Pilar Acevedo, Irene Bererril, Cesar Duranton, Nicolas de Jesus, Guillermo Gadda, Gloria Gagliano Enriquez, Demetrio Garcia Aguilar, Arturo Garcia Bustos, David Linares, Tobias Lopez, Luis Jimenez Jr., Daniel Nierman, Richard Martinez, Alejandro Mondragon, Maru Olivares, Raul Lopez Reyes, Francisco Rodriguez Onate, Jorge Rosano, Maria Cristina Tavera, Big Picture High School, UNAM / ESECH / Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas

Curator

Oscar Sánchez

Participating Artists

Henry Cisneros, Carlos Cortez, Maria Enriquez de Allen, Carmen Lomas Garza, Laura Gonzalez, Francisco G. Mendoza and Jose Clemente Orozco School, Jose Nerezo, Arsacio Vanegas Arroyo. Local and national artists complimented the altars with their works.

Curator

René H. Arceo

Participating Artists

Josefina Aguilar Alcántara, Jacobo Ángeles, Adalberto Álvarez Martínez, Gladys Carillo, Alfonso Castillo Orta, Nicolás de Jesús, Álvaro de la Cruz L., Enrique Dufoo Mendoza, Sergio Gómez, José Luis González, Joan Hackett Romero, Judithe Hernández, Sotero Lemus Gervacio, Saulo Moreno, Antonio Pedro, Carlomagno Pedro Martínez, Rojelio Reyes Rodríguez, Michael Román, Diana Solís, María Teresa Romero, Felipe Elías Sabrina, Jesús Sosa Calvo, Juan J. Soteno, Angélica Vásquez - Cruz

Curator

Oscar Sánchez

Participating Artists

Charlie Carrillo, José Guerrero, Ester Hernandez, Nicolás de Jesús, Lake View H.S. Advance Placement Art class under the direction of Esther Charbit, Carlomagno Pedro Martinez, and Roberto Valadez. Other Participating Artists: Jesús Acuña, Josefina Aguilar, Jose Maro Alvarado, Emilio Basilio, Alfonso Castillo Orta, Carlos Cortez, Hector Duarte, Joan Hackett. Juana Alicia, Juan Horta, Miguel Linares, Pedro Linares, Ricardo Linares, Mario Lopez Torres, Emmanuel C. Montoya, Celia Rodriguez, Jesus Romero, Alfonso Soteno, Marcos Raya, Sal Vega, and Antonio Xuana.

Curator

René H. Arceo

Participating Artists

Natalia Anciso (CA), Fernando Andrade (TX), Mary J. Andrade (CA), Alfredo Arrequín (WA), Tomás Bringas (1961-1999), Ruth Leonela Buentello (TX), Valerie C. Burton (Ontario), Zenón Candela (Costa Chica), Alfonso M. Castillo Orta (1944-2009), Ma. Guillermina Chávez Avila (Michoacán), Carlos Cortéz (1923-2005), Raul “Racufi” Cruz (Mexico City), Víctor Cruz (Costa Chica), Nicolás de Jesús (Guerrero), Alfonso Domínguez (Costa Chica), Pamela Enriquez-Courts (NM), Arturo García (Mexico City), Daniel García Luna (Michoacán), Eric J. García (Chicago), George O. Jackson Jr. (TX), Eduardo Juárez (Mexico City), Sotero Lemus Gervacio (Guanajuato), David Linares (Mexico City), Arthur López (NM), Brandon Maldonado (NM), Ariel Mendoza Baños (Oaxaca), Emmanuel C. Montoya (CA), Ann Murdy (NM), Antonia A. Pérez (NY), Aydé Rodríguez López (Costa Chica), Marie Romero Cash (NM), Rafael Francisco Salas (WI), Saner (Mexico City), Miguel Torres Ayala (Michoacán), Zenón Toscano Salina (Costa Chica), Robert Valadez (Chicago), Patssi Valdez (CA)

Curator

Cesáreo Moreno

Participating Artists

Jesús Acuña, Leticia Arriaga, Arturo & José Barrera, Alfonso Castillo Orta, Mario E. Castillo, Carlos Cortéz, Gerardo de la Barrera, José de Jesús Escalera, Nicólas de Jesús, Alvaro & Antonio de la Cruz, Hector Duarte, Luis Gonzalez, Juanita Jaramillo-Lavadie, Luis Jimenez, Leo Limon, Miguel & Ricardo Linares, Felipe Linares, Mario Lopez Torres, Cesar Augusto Martínez, Patricia Martinez, Oscar Moya, José Narezo, Alejandro Nava, Francisco R. Oñate, Miguel Angel Pardo O., Elisario Pedro, Carlomagno P. Martínez, Filemon Santiago, Oscar Soteno, Rogelio Tijerino, Roman Villarreal, Mariana Yampolski, Marcos Raya

Curator

René H. Arceo

Participating Artists

Amigos del Padre Juan José Huitrado-Rizo, Cristo Rey High School, Universidad Autónoma de México & ESECH, Josefina Aguilar, Mary J. Andrade, Alberto Beltran, Chaz Bojórquez, Arturo Bolanos, Gerardo Bonilla, Mstro. Alvaro Brizuela Absalon y Dra. Gladys Casmir Morales, Valerie C. Burton, Castillo Orta Family, Elena Climent, Carlos Cortéz, Nicolas de Jesus, Luis de la Torre, Vicoria Delgadios, Ricardo Duffy, Maria Elena Castro, Shirley I. Fisher, Cresencio Flores Rojas, MiChico Furukawa, David Gomez Cabrera, Adrian Gomez Ramirez, Jose Luis Gonzalez, Maya Gonzalez, Juan Horta, Luis Jiménez, Paula Linares, Ricardo Linares, Raul Lopez Reyes, Gerardo Mendoza, Adolfo Mexiac, Daniel Nierman, Angel Ortiz-Gabriel, Uriel Parker, Carlomagno Pedro Martínez, Jose Guadalupe Martínez, Jose Guadalupe Posada Aguilar, Jesus Ramos Frias, Heriberto Rodriguez, Joan D. Romero, Teresa Romero, Fracisco, Maximino, Octaviano Santiago, Oscar Soteno, Marcela Taboado, Jose Valdez.

Curator

Cesáreo Moreno and Raquel Aguiñaga-Martinez

Participating Artists

Jose Antonio Aguirre, Mary J. Andrade, Sandra Antongiorgi, Gerardo de la Barrera, Carlos Cortez, Marilyn Cortes, Alvaro de la Cruz, Armando R. Cid, Shirley I. Fisher, Dianna Frid and Claudia Vera, Hispanic Aids Network Support Group, Nicolás de Jesus, Silvia Ledezma, Miguel Linares, Alfonso Lopez Monrreal, Cesar Augusto Martínez, Mather High School Students directed by Pat O’ Neal, Rita Marquez, Eduardo Matos Moctezuma, Adolfo Mexiac, Francisco X. Mora, Pablo Morales, Leopoldo Morales Praxedis, Saul Moreno, Cesáreo Moreno, Daniel Nierman, Marcos Raya, Francisco Rodríguez Oñate, Alejandro Romero, Frank Romero, Diana Solis, Arsacio Vanegas Arroyo, Alfredo Zalce.

Curator

René H. Arceo

Participating Artists

Yolanda Garfias Woo, John Aragón, Andres Chavez Morales, Javier Carmona, Javier Chavira, Miguel Cortez, Olga Costa, Nicolas de Jesús, José Antonio de la Cruz, Juan Carlos de la Cruz, Miguel de la Cruz, Alvaro de la Cruz, Luis de la Torre, Hector Duarte, Raul Fuentes Cortez, José Galvez, David Gómez Cabrera, Consuelo Guillen Reyes, Olegario Hernández, Sergio Hernández, Manuel Leal, Pola López, Raúl López Reyes, Heriberto Luna, Juan Carlos Macías, Elia Maiquez Cira, Felix “Flex” Maldonado, Jeff Abbey Maldonado, Antonio Martínez, Jaime Mendoza, Dolores Mercado, Leticia Morales, Oscar Moya, Joaquin Martín Rojas Hernández, Mark Vallen, Gabriel Villa, Marta Villagomez, Victor Xuana.

Curator

Cesáreo Moreno and Raquel Aguiñaga-Martinez

Participating Artists

Cuitlahuac Velazquez, Leopoldo M. Praxedis, Esperanza Alvarez, Francisco R. Oñate, Mirtes Zwierzynski, Mary J. Andrade, Luis Jiménez , Cynthia Weiss, Herminia Albarrán, Anita Rodríguez, Jon Pounds, Adolfo Mexiac, Carlos Cortéz, Olivia Gude, Bloom Trail High School, Santa C. Barraza, Marcos Raya, Linares Family, Sam Coronado, Carlomagno P. Martínez, Alfredo Zalce, Oscar Soteno, Joel Rendón, Nicólas de Jesús, Ricardo Duffy, Alberto Beltrán, Enrique Chagoya, Ranyan Ramírez.

Curator

René H. Arceo

Participating Artists

Carmen Arias family, José E. Chapa family & Radio Arte, Family & Friends of Officer Eric Solorio, Zarco Guerrero, Delilah Montoya, Museo de Artes e Industrias Populares de Pátzcuaro, Polvo, Talcott Fine Arts and Museum Academy, UNAM/ ESECH/ Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas, Roberto Valadez, Jesus Barraza, Miguel Angel Cano Mésquita, Castillo Orta family, Tony de Carlo, Nicolas de Jesús, Luis de la Torre, Tony Dominguez, Armando Gómez de Alba, Ricardo González, Angel Hernández Bucio, Victor Herrera, José Hugo Sánchez, Luis Jiménez Jr., Pedro Linares family, Ricardo Linares, Jeff Abbey Maldonado, Elsa Muñoz, Gabriel Navar, Eduardo Oropeza, Salvador Pizarro, Deborah M. Rael-Buckley, Antonio Ramirez, Israel Reza, Nino Rodríguez, Alejandro Romero, Juan Soriano, Consuelo J. Underwood, Jerry Vigil, Xavier Viramontes.

Curator

Cesáreo Moreno and Raquel Aguiñaga-Martinez

Organizing Institution

National Museum of Mexican Art

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Organizing Institution

Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum

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Main Gallery

Organizing Institution

National Museum of Mexican Art

Displayed at

Main Gallery

Organizing Institution

Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum

Displayed at

Main Gallery

Organizing Institution

National Museum of Mexican Art

Displayed at

Main Gallery

Organizing Institution

Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum

Displayed at

Main Gallery

Organizing Institution

Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum

Displayed at

Main Gallery

Organizing Institution

Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum

Displayed at

Main Gallery

Organizing Institution

Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum

Displayed at

Main Gallery

Organizing Institution

Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum

Displayed at

Main Gallery

Organizing Institution

Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum

Displayed at

Main Gallery