Los Muertos, 2017 – Adriana M. Garcia
Resurrection of the Graceful Dead, 2017 – Ana Rivero Rossi
Is this not the best repurposing of Barbies you have ever seen?
Siempre Viviras Maria, 2017 – chiXicana and Adelgadoart
I volunteered to chaperone my fourth grade daughter’s class on a field trip to SOMArts Cultural Center for their Remembrance and Resistance: Día de los Muertos Exhibition and was absolutely delighted by what they describe as “one of the most internationally diverse Día de los Muertos celebrations in the United States.”
On display are over 25 installations created by more than 60 participating artists that are a fusion of traditional Mexican altars and contemporary art installations. The theme of Remembrance and Resistance resonates throughout all of the pieces which are inspired by relationships with the dearly departed, current events and histories both personal and collective.
Walking through the exhibit with children who are 9-years-old was rather powerful. They reacted with wonder to the whimsy, creativity, joy and humor of the pieces, but the depth of the pieces was not lost on them. They spoke of loss and fear.
Building a Wall Around Trump, 2017 – Jos Sances
One child, after seeing the above piece featuring a calaca version of Trump surrounded by a wall, said that he was worried that the president would start “World War III.” It was a hard moment for me as a parent because no child should ever have to think of such things, but these are the times we live in.
The beauty of this exhibit and Día de los Muertos in general is that a space is created that allows us all, children included, to reflect and speak about death or things that might otherwise be scary in a way that celebrates life and our connections to those who have come before and those who will come after.
I highly recommend going to this exhibit, but if you aren’t in the area look around for any Day of the Dead celebrations that may be going on closer to you.
Remembrance and Resistance: Día de los Muertos Exhibition
October 6 – November 9, 2016
SOMArts Cultural Center
934 Brannan St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
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