Open late every Wednesday! Explore our galleries until 8pm every Wednesday through August 7th.

Día de Muertos A Matter of Life

September 20 – December 8, 2019 Main Gallery
Aydé Rodriguez López, Devil Dance in the Cemetery, 2019, oil on canvas, Courtesy of the artist

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.

CURATOR

Cesáreo Moreno

INSTALLATIONS

Veronica Castillo Salas, Summit School District 104, Yvette Pino, Familia Torres Arellano, Gabriel Villa

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS

Natalia Anciso, Fernando Andrade, Mary J. Andrade, Alfredo Arrequín, Tomás Bringas, Ruth Leonela Buentello, Valerie C. Burton, Zenón Candela, Alfonso M. Castillo Orta, Ma. Guillermina Chávez Avila, Carlos Cortéz, Raul “Racufi” Cruz, Víctor Cruz, Nicolás de Jesús, Alfonso Domínguez, Pamela Enriquez-Courts, Arturo García, Daniel García Luna, Eric J. García, George O. Jackson Jr., Eduardo Juárez, Sotero Lemus Gervacio, David Linares, Arthur López, Brandon Maldonado, Ariel Mendoza Baños, Emmanuel C. Montoya, Ann Murdy, Antonia A. Pérez, Aydé Rodríguez López, Marie Romero Cash, Rafael Francisco Salas, Saner, Miguel Torres Ayala, Zenón Toscano Salina, Robert Valadez, Patssi Valdez, Salvador Vega (Mural)

SPONSORS

ComEd

MacArthur Foundation

Chicago Park District

Illinois Arts Council

Southwest