Now in its 20th year, SOMArts’ Día de Los Muertos exhibition is one of the most internationally diverse Day of the Dead celebrations in the United States. Día de Los Muertos at SOMArts merges traditional altars with contemporary installations, continuing to be a multigenerational gathering of remembrance while asserting the role of art as a platform for collective action.
Curated by Rio Yañez and Carolina Quintanilla, this year’s exhibition features special altar structures to honor and manifest founding curator Rene Yañez’s vision for his final Día de Los Muertos exhibition, titled City of Souls, a reference to his 2001 exhibition City of Miracles. City of Souls invites artists who are most directly impacted by gentrification and displacement to engage audience members in dialogue on the future of San Francisco’s cultural identity.
Housed in a translucent, labyrinthine city, this exhibition meditates on San Francisco’s rapidly changing landscape, asking artists and visitors: Who are the ancestors we need to call in to help fight for the soul of the City? What are the people, places, and institutions lost to time that have shaped us? What kind of future can we collectively envision for San Francisco?
Día de Los Muertos 2019: City of Souls is dedicated to Dr. Dawn Mabalon, and to the children who have passed away in ICE custody.
DIA DE LOS MUERTOS: CITY OF SOULS
Aambr Newsome (2am)
Cece Carpio, Bernardo Josue, Claire Warren, Juana Tello, Kerri Ann Borja, Mel Reyes, Robin Castel, Shariff Zakout, Terycka Garcia
Fabiola Gamino (415 Eyes)
Johnny Nguyen & Giang Trinh
Juliet Flower & Dean MacCannell
Katynka Martinez & Mia Gonzalez
Keiko Kubo, Jun Hamamoto, Leslie Lambre, & Elizabeth Summers
Kimberley Arteche, Terry Bautista, & Dara Katrina Del Rosario
Kristiana Li-Yen Chan
Lauren Andrei Garcia & Rizal Andanza
Lia Teoldi, John Latham, & Alice Latham
Lilli Lanier, Rachel-Anne Palacios, & Emily Winslow-Cabrera
Mara Hernandez, Adrian Arias & Anais Azul Arias–Aragon
Mara Lea Brown
Paola de la Calle
Sandy Lee & Steve Dellicarpini
Sami See & Romi Lynn Acosta-Noa
Susana Aragon & Anais Azul Arias–Aragon
Victor Mario Zaballa & The Enablers Calacas Atomícas
Ytaelena Lopez & Andreina Davila