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Artists Celebrate Day of the Dead at Fábrica la Aurora

LA AURORA

LA AURORA

LA AURORA

By Edward Swift

Scholars have traced the Day of the Dead celebration to its indigenous observances dating back 3,000 years to Mictecacihuatl, the queen of the underworld. Her duty was to watch over the bones of the departed and preside over the ancient festivals of the dead. After the Spanish conquest, the festival became associated with November 1 and 2 to coincide with Catholic holidays, All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.

It is celebrated both publically and privately with altars commemorating the lives of departed friends and loved ones. As in previous years, Emigdio Ledesma, a former textile worker and one of the keepers of San Miguel traditions, will create a special altar in the central courtyard. The galleries and shops will be open for the celebration and many will have altars honoring their deceased, or a departed historic or artistic figure. To complete the blending of art and tradition, the galleries have been preparing new exhibits.

The themes vary from the group exhibit of gallery artists planned in the Skot Foreman Gallery to those that will be directly related to the Day of the Dead.

Galeria El Nogal will mount the exhibit Instalación Artistica El Juego de las Calaveras. Pineda Covalin will present a traditional altar created with papiroflexia shapes and will offer a gift with a minimum purchase of 6,000 pesos. Mario Oliva plans to show a collection of his large formal drawings on amate paper as well as drawings by Institute Allende students. Galeria 303 will mount an exhibition of Rodolfo Camacho, and Galeria San Francisco Annex will present an exhibit that reflects works drawn from the elements representing Day of the Dead.

An altar placed outside the gallery will be dedicated to women artists whose contributions to the art world are part of history. Intersección Arte Contemporáneo will inaugurate four new exhibitions by the following artists: Yui Sakamoto, Angel Ricardo R. Ríos, Alberto Lenz, and Daniel Sirdent. Galeria Alquimia 4 will feature new sculptures of Victor Hugo. Beatriz Castañeda will show her most recent work, and James Harvey will unveil new paintings on layers of transparent fabric.

Galeria Manuk will have an altar, makeup artists, and a new exhibit entitled Luz de Luna. The participating artists are Katya Saab, Erick Garcia Gomez, Oliver Martinez, Ricardo de la Torre, Lourdes Rivera, and Mario Mizrahi. Calderoni Gallery will feature Merry’s latest work; daring cutting-edge artist Sharon Vandenberg, whose work is a perfect complement to the Day of the Dead event; and Jade Arroyo’s beautiful jewelry with designs for this season. Carlos Beltran’s recent arrivals of clay antiques will also be on display.

We hope to see you at the celebration on November 3.

 

Art Walk

Day of the Dead Celebration at Fábrica la Aurora

Sat, Nov 3, 5-8pm

Fábrica la Aurora

 

 

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