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.
We invite visitors to 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.
Pilar Acevedo, Alberto Aguilar, Miguel “Kane one” Aguilar, Mary J. Andrade, Atlan Arceo-Witzl, René Arceo, Héctor Barrón, Yreina D. Cervantez, Antonio Felipe Calendaria, Mario E. Castillo, Mariano Chavez, Alejandro Colunga, Raúl Cruz “Racrufi”, Salvador Dominguez, Martha Gabriela Driessen, Sandra Díaz, Sabrina Elias Felipe, Ofelia Esparza, Rosanna E. Esparza, Luis Fitch, Esperanza Gama, Cecilia Gomez Lauria, Sergio Gomez, Ricardo Gonzalez, Silvia Gonzalez, Joan D. Hackett, Paulina Jaimes, Nicolás de Jesús, Sam Kirk, Ricardo Linares G., Analú López, Aydeé López Martínez, Raúl López-Reyes, Ivan Lozano, Jorge Lucero, Felix “Flex” Maldonado, Nicole Marroquín, Carlomagno Pedro Martínez, César Augusto Martínez, Gerardo Monterrubio, Ann Murdy, Yvette Mayorga, Alejandro Nava, Joseph “Sentrock” Perez, Katia Perez, Rodrigo Pimentel, Jenny Priego, Lorena Ramírez Quiroz, Marcos Raya, Artemio Rodríguez, Alejandro Romero, Luis A. Sahagun, Jax E. Sanders,, Diana Solís, Luis de la Torre, Georgina Valverde, Angelina Villanueva, Roman & Maria Villarreal, Stitches of the Soul
Ofrendas & Installations
Blanca Estela Tinoco (for the Museo Local de Artes e Industrias Populares de Pátzcuaro, INAH, Michoacán), Silverio Feliciano Reyes, Sarmiento & José Antonio Cazabal Castro (Puebla), Juan Carlos Torres González & Dr. Pedro Ibarra Mosqueda (Mexico City), Manuel & Patricia Oliver (Parkland, Florida), Sybil Venegas & Christopher Velasco (California), Victoria Tapia, Monica Cisneros & Estrella Cruz (Chicago), Matthew Gallistel Language Academy, Chicago Public School
Dolores Mercado & Cesáreo Moreno
National Museum of Mexican Art
National Museum of Mexican Art Main Gallery
All images below are a glimpse into the exhibition for those who could not attend in person. Photo credit: Michael Tropea.