Day of the Dead comes to life at the California Museum
by George H. Young
October 23, 2013
This Friday, Oct. 25th, from 5:30-8:30 pm, the California Museum will be hosting a Day of the Dead Party to welcome its newest exhibit, “Day of the Dead: Art of Día de los Muertos.” The Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday celebrated worldwide, where participants honor friends and family members who have died.
The California Museum is hosting the Dia de los Muertos exhibit, which opened September 24, 2013 and runs through January 5, 2014. Having opened during Hispanic Heritage Month, the exhibit honors the Mexican tradition of remembering and honoring loved ones who have passed away each year on November 1 and 2. Besides the varied art and artifacts on display, the public is invited to participate with a Community Altar and leave a photograph or small remembrance through the duration of the exhibit.
Featured artists include John Huerta of the John S. Huerta Arte Studio. Originally from Phoenix, AZ, Huerta moved to Northern California an developed his distinctive style. His website notes, “I mostly use acrylic on canvas, rag paper and boards. I love to express my visions in my art of Dia De los Muertos (Day of the Dead) by using bright vibrant colors, strong composition and in depth details.”
Rob-O, of Sugar Skull Art, uses a variety of media to express his vision. Sugar Skulls are a traditional part of the celebration of life of deceased loved ones (Dia de los Muertos). His art works are non-edible results of his talent and imagination.
David Lozeau will be another featured artist at the event, a painter whose “Day of the Dead art turns the annual celebration on its ear through his use of bold colors, exaggerated features, and impeccable details,” according to Lozeau’s website.
Highlights of the event include:
• Tours with exhibit artists John Huerta, David Lozeau & Rob-O
• Cocktails & hors d’oeuvres by Mayahuel Restaurant & Tequila Museum
• Ceremonial blessing & performance by Xiuhcoatl Danza Azteca dance troop
• Face painting by Carmen Avila
• Sugar skull demonstration
This rich cultural exhibit was developed in partnership with the Sacramento Arts & Business Council and Sugar Skull Art.
Museum members may join this Friday’s celebration for free, and the rest of the community is welcome for $5.00 preregistration or $10.00 admission at the door. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.