“Celebración de Almas: Día de Los Muertos 2018” opening at the California Museum’s Fiesta on Fri., Oct. 12 to honor Lucille Ball, Jerry Garcia & Russ Solomon
Contemporary altars featuring original art by Francisco Franco, John S. Huerta & I Love Sugar Skull’s Rob-O to celebrate achievements of iconic Californians in arts & entertainment
SACRAMENTO, CALIF. — Sept. 24, 2018: The new exhibit “Celebración de Almas: Día de los Muertos 2018” (“Celebration of Souls: Day of the Dead 2018”) opening at the California Museum’s Día de Los Muertos Fiesta on Fri., Oct. 12, 2018 will honor iconic Californians Lucille Ball (1911-1989), the Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia (1942-1995) and Tower Records’ founder Russ Solomon (1925-2018). The new installation is the Museum’s fifth annual exhibit exploring this Mexican cultural tradition.
“The Museum is excited to host a new exhibit featuring original work by talented California artists Francisco Franco, John S. Huerta and Rob-O,” said Executive Director Amanda Meeker. ”Their creative tributes to three beloved Californians are a wonderful way to celebrate the creativity and ingenuity synonymous with our state.”
Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) honors deceased loved ones each year on Nov. 1 and 2 through the creation of calaveras de azúcar (sugar skulls), altares de muertos (altars of the dead) and ofrendas (offerings). A festive and social occasion, Día de los Muertos welcomes the return of those who have died while recognizing the cycles of life and death. Developed from ancient traditions of the Aztecs, the annual ritual has evolved over 3,000 years to become part of modern-day California’s culture, where celebrations take place in cities across the state.
A journey through life, love and death, “Celebración de Almas” will feature three contemporary altars honoring the achievements of iconic Californians and original works by California artists. Francisco Franco of San Francisco will pay tribute to Jerry Garcia and John S. Huerta of Sacramento will honor legendary entertainer Lucille Ball, while Rob-O of Sacramento’s I Love Sugar Skulls will celebrate the legacy of Russ Solomon.
“I’m so stoked to be celebrating a Sacramento icon,” said Rob-O. “I chose to honor the life of Russ Solomon with an altar because we lost him earlier this year. I invite music lovers from all walks of life to join me in celebrating this amazing visionary who made music accessible by bringing us Tower Records.”
In addition to original artwork and altar installations, “Celebración de Almas: Día de Los Muertos 2018” will also offer members of the public the opportunity to remember deceased loved ones by leaving a remembrance in the exhibit’s Community Altar on display through the end of the exhibit on Sat., Dec. 9, 2018. For more information, visit http://www.californiamuseum.org/muertos-2018.
Día de Los Muertos Fiesta
Fri., Oct. 12, 2018 · 6:00-10:00 p.m.
Members of the public are invited to celebrate Día de Los Muertos and the opening of “Celebración de Almas: Día de Los Muertos 2018” at the California Museum’s Fiesta on Fri., Oct. 12, 2018 from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. Highlights include appearances by exhibit artists; performance by Maquilli Tonatiuh Aztec Dancers; entrées and custom cocktails for sale by Mayahuel; I Love Sugar Skulls-led workshops ($15.00 fee); Mercado de los Muertos (Market of the Dead) featuring unique items for sale by local vendors; Conjunto Liberación and Dinorah live music; costume contest with prizes; free face painting; hands-on activities for kids and more. Tickets: $10 Advance and $20 Door on day-of. For details or to buy tickets, visit http://www.californiamuseum.org/fiesta-2018.
I Love Sugar Skulls Workshops
Sat., Oct. 13, 2018 · 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m.
Learn how to design and decorate your own calavera de azúcar (sugar skull) for Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with I Love Sugar Skull’s Rob-O on Sat., Oct. 13, 2018 at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. or 3:00 p.m. Sessions require a minimum of 10 participants to proceed and $15.00 materials fee for pre-made sugar skull and royal icing, plus admission to current exhibits including “Celebración de Almas: Día de Los Muertos 2018” featuring works by Rob-O and others. Advance registration recommended, visit http://www.californiamuseum.org/skulls-2018 for details or to purchase a session.
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Exhibit press kit: http://www.californiamuseum.org/press-kits/dotd-2018