Día de los Muertos
The Museum of Art's popular Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead exhibit is back! Even if you are not familiar with the traditions of Dia de los Muertos, you probably recognize its images - brightly decorated sugar skulls, dancing skeletons still wearing the bright colored clothes of their less-ghostly pasts, and marigold-like flowers.
Beginning October 22 and concluding November 5, this home-grown exhibit will feature traditional Mexican altars with sugar skulls, colorful tissue paper cutouts, and photos of deceased relatives to honor the souls of the departed.
The Day of the Dead, an ancient relegious celebration that originally honored children and ancestors, has evolved from a blend of Meso-American and Christian cultures.
The celebration is considered a festive time when family members remember and honor their dead and the continuity of life.
One of the shrines says:
Created by Raúl Pérez and Lindsay Sheets
This altar was created in honor of the countless lives that have been lost at the U.S. - Mexican border in search of the American dream. The treacherous wasteland between the two countries has claimed the lives of men, women, and children alike.
Our altar seeks to appeal to their varied souls and allow them to return to Earth on this Dia de los muertos to enjoy the music, food and games that they enjoyed in life.
October 22nd 2011 to November 5th 2011
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