Community Altars

Sep. 20, 2013

Sep. 20, 2013 @ 11:00 am Nov. 28, 2013 @ 5:00 pm


The Community Altars exhibition will display local artists, school groups and activists revisiting their family members, friends and loved ones who have passed. El Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) heralds the returning of the dead to Earth during November 1 and 2. To help facilitate the return family members and loved ones create unique offerings consisting of the deceased’s favorite foods, drinks and memorabilia honoring their life. Traditionally, altars are in private spaces such a s grave sites and homes, however with the popularization of the Day of the Dead holiday the altar making process has become an artistic expression as well as pedagogical tool for Latino cultural awareness. The artistic creation and display of these public altars helps facilitate an interpretative reflection about life, death, memory and loss and extends an invitation to the community to be a part of this process and experience. A special explanatory altar will be created by the Mexic-Arte Museum to recognize and honor Jose Guadalupe Posada.