Collaborative art exhibition; Corcoran Gallery and College of Art + Design

By Robert Devers

El Día de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead) is one of the most important Mexican holidays celebrated throughout Mexico as well as around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died.  Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and also visiting the graves of the deceased with these as gifts. It is seen as a celebration and remembrance of their lives.

The Corcoran College of Art + Design in concert with the Pittman Study Away Program invites the San Miguel community to participate in a bi-national art project in celebration of Día de Muertos by contributing mementos, photographs, poems, paintings, and other items in memory of loved ones who have passed on, to be a part of a large communal Day of the Dead altar to be built in collaboration with our colleagues, friends and artists from the Mexican community in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

This exhibition will be a part of the first annual La Calaca Arts Festival, which will bring together a community of local and international artists to establish San Miguel de Allende as the premier location in which to celebrate Día de Muertos, taking place November 1-4; San Miguel Community Project begins on October 12- November 1. Exhibition dates: Thursday, November 1-Saturday, January 5, 2013. Fábrica La Aurora, the Center for Contemporary Art & Design in San Miguel. For more information contact: Robert Devers


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