FORT WAYNE MUSEUM OF ART AND IPFW MULTICULTURAL SERVICES SEEKS ARTISTS FOR “DAY OF THE DEAD” EXHIBITION

The Fort Wayne Museum of Art and IPFW Multicultural Services seeks artists and community members to create altars for the Museum’s annual Day of the Dead/El Día de los Muertos exhibition. Proposals are due August 9 for the exhibition, which will be on view in the Museum Focus Gallery from October 2 through November 28, 2004.

The Day of the Dead/El Dia de los Muertos is a traditional Mexican holiday which honors deceased ancestors and loved ones. Families create altars filled with, photos, mementos, flowers and offerings. On November 1st and 2nd, the living invite their dead to join them in a festival of communion, to return home again, and, for a few hours, to sit by the hearth and warm their cold bones before returning to the land of the dead. People who create altars often find that it is comforting to embrace the inevitable reality and existence of death in this manner. Altars allow people to express their love and connectedness in a creative, positive and gratifying way.

The exhibition will present approximately 4 altars reflecting the holiday’s ancient Aztec origins, but with a contemporary and personalized twist. Artists do not have to personally know someone who has died in order to construct an altar: altars can included tributes to the victims of specific tragedies and diseases and to deceased celebrities. School and church groups are especially invited to submit proposals for the exhibition. A $200 honoraria per altar will be given.