Honoring our Ancestors by Fighting for the Future: Día de los Muertos Exhibition Unveiling

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Limited tickets will be available at the door and we encourage guests to arrive early to increase chances of entry. Walk up entries will be based on building capacity, so please prepare for long lines and wait times. 

Now in its 19th year, SOMArts’ Día de Los Muertos exhibition is one of the most internationally diverse Day of the Dead celebrations in the United States. Over the years, this group exhibition has brought together a wide variety of perspectives to honor, remember, and celebrate the dead.

Since its inception, Día de Los Muertos at SOMArts has offered a space for collective mourning, healing, and refusing to forget the people and places who have been lost. Merging traditional altars with contemporary installations, Dia de los Muertos continues to be a multigenerational gathering of remembrance while imagining the possibilities of the future. Now more than ever, it is imperative that our creative practices be rooted in social action that inspire better world for generations to come.

Curated by Rio Yañez and Carolina Quintanilla, this year’s theme, Honoring our Ancestors by Fighting for the Future, reflects on how those we’ve lost have shaped our creative and political work.  How does the wisdom and work of the dead show us a path and means to a better future? What about your past must you take to your future?

Honoring our Ancestors by Fighting for the Future is dedicated to the Padrino of the Mission and beloved Dia de los Muertos co–curator, René Yañez. Yañez was crucial in the formation of Chicanx visual aesthetics and as a founding member of Galeria de la Raza, created spaces that centered contemporary Latinx perspectives. Since 1999, Yañez curated the Dia de los Muertos exhibitions at SOMArts Cultural Center and we honor him with this exhibition, celebrating his life, legacy, and impact on generations to come.

The exhibition unveiling, Friday, October 12, 2018, 6–9pm, $12–$15 sliding scale admission, features performances by La Mezcla and Global Street Dance Masquerade, and a Dia de los Muertos inspired artist market. Be sure to get your tickets as this event may sell out!

Honoring our Ancestors by Fighting for the Future
Exhibiting Artists
Adrian Arias and Mara Hernandez
Adriana Garcia
Alicia Cruz Hunt
April Martin Chartrand, M.S.
Ayana Ivery
Azucena Hernandez
Brenda Rasmussen
Candi Farlice
Carla Caletti
Choppy Oshiro
cj grossman
Cynthia Tom, Cris Matos
Dean and Juliet MacCannell
El Chicano– David Tafolla
Elena-Maria Bey
Elly Rojas Blancas
Elizabeth Addison
Elizabeth Benson
Gustavo Vasquez
Howie Katz
John Mayne
Josephine Torio, Denise Sullivan, Tanja Milutinovic, Daniel V. Dao, and Chloe V. Cannero
Kathy deRosas
Keiko Kubo, Stephanie Lowe
Kristian Kabuay
Kristiana Chan, missTANGQ
Lia Tealdi, John Latham, Alice Latham
Libby Paloma, Ace Lehner
Lilli Lanier, Rachel-Anne Palacios, Emily Winslow-Cabrera
Mara Lea Brown
Mary Molly Mullaney and Ernie Rivera
Marco Razo, Kate Razo
Maya Chinchilla
Michael Dingle
Michelle Bonilla Garcia
Miranda Bergman
Monique D. Lopez
Nancy Hom
Nick Gomez
Patricia Montgomery
Patrick Piazza
Rio Yañez and Jos Sances
Rosario Sotelo
Sarah Davis
Shizue Seigel
Susan Mathews
Susana Aragon
Veronica Rueda, Jose Luis Rueda
Victor-Mario Zaballa, Calacas Atómicas
Yohana Junker, Coletivo Desbordar

Carolina Quintanilla
Rio Yañez

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$12–15 sliding scale admission
Tickets: diadelosmuertostechnotihuacan.eventbrite.com
Join artists Rob Fatal and DJ Bianca Oblivion as they use DJing and art remixing to create digital murals exploring the intersections of contemporary Latinx life  

Honoring Our Ancestors by Fighting for the Future
Día de los Muertos 2018
Closing Reception
Friday, November 9, 2018, 6–9pm
$7–10 sliding scale admission
Tickets: diadelosmuertosclosing2018.eventbrite.com
The final opportunity to view and interact with the altars features live music, artist market,  and interactive installations.

Image credit: Honoring our Ancestors by Fighting for our Future: Día de los Muertos, 2018. Photo courtesy of Rio Yańez

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