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Día de los Muertos Celebration

Saturday, November 1, 2014
12:00 AM
Space 2435, North Quad

Exhibit co-curated by Colin Gunckel and Orquidea Morales

For more than 3,000 years, communities—from ancient Mesoamerica to modern México—have provided refuge to the spirits of loved ones who traverse the world of the dead to commune with the living.

November begins with Día de los Muertos, a national holiday in México. Throughout the country, communities diligently prepare for the two-day celebrations (Nov. 1-2) by creating altars and preparing special aromatic foods. Cemeteries bustle with visitors delivering flowers to gravesites and mausoleums. Papier mâchè skulls line store-window displays and paper banners with images of dancing skeletons drape across walkways. At night, city plazas welcome revelers whose marigold-festooned altars display personal trinkets and treats in honor of the departed.

Although Día de Los Muertos coincides with Halloween in the United States, the south-of-the-border tradition does not focus on candycollection or mischievous tricksters. For Mexicans, the symbolic visits from the dead are neither morbid nor macabre. They are celebratory.

Join us in Space 2435 for a day of celebration for our loved ones who have passed away.

  • Sugar skull decorating
  • Live music by Mariachi Cristal
  • Theatrical exploration by MOSAIC
  • Community altar by the Spanish Club
  • “Mue®tos™: Locating the Dead” digital exhibition co-curated by Colin Gunckel and Orquidea Morales
  • Catering by TMAZ Taqueria

Join the co-curators of the digital exhibition for a roundtable discussion on Thursday, October 30 from 12-1:30pm.

Event organized by North Quad Programming.