SOUTH BEND — The Crossroads Gallery for Contemporary Art of the University of Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture presented “Sueños Sin Fronteras/Dreams Without Borders: Ofrenda in Honor of Martin Luther King Jr.” from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at 1045 W. Washington St.
A Day of the Dead celebration, the event features an “ofrenda,” or offering, created by Diógenes Ballester, an internationally renowned Puerto Rican artist from New York City, in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Martin Luther King Jr.’s March on Washington, D.C., as well as his visit to South Bend and Notre Dame.
Musical performances were provided by Luther Gray and Mariachi ND. Gray is an internationally acclaimed percussionist from New Orleans and performed with band members from Chicago.
Dia de los Muertos in Mexico, and now in the U.S., is a day to celebrate and remember those who have departed. Hispanics believe that the spirits of the dead visit their families at midnight on Oct. 31 and leave on Nov. 2.
Ballester is a visual artist, educator and writer and holds a master of fine arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a bachelor’s degree from the Catholic University of Puerto Rico. Ballester works in different artistic media, including painting, printmaking, drawing, new media and installation art and is recognized as a master encaustic painter and printmaker.
Gray received his bachelor’s degree in radio, television and film from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his master’s in communication from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has created two major musical groups: Percussion Incorporated and Bamboula 2000, for which he has twice won the Big Easy Music Award in the world music category.
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