Posted by Sarah Dragovich on Art Nerd SF.
The Oakland Museum of California is hosting their 19th Annual Días de los Muertos exhibition, and this year it has been guest curated by San Francisco muralist Eduardo Pineda. The Tree of Life and Death: Días de los Muertos 2013 has inventively incorporated the theme of celebrating morbidity and mourning with current environmental issues, like species loss. Installations that have metamorphosed the California Natural Sciences Gallery, where the exhibition is held, creative interpretations of traditional icons, and the colorful surprise we presume to see associated with Day of the Dead iconography, cross-pollinate past and present content.
Samuel Rodriguez, Tree of Life and Death, 2013, Courtesy of the artist and OMCA
Días de los Muertos is historically an annual Mesoamerican celebration of the dead between October 31st and November 2nd. During this celebration iconic imagery, figures, and sculpture – like decorated skulls, animated skeletons, marigolds and ofrendas – are used to decorate the burial sites of loved ones, or anywhere a shrine is devoted to the celebration.
The Oakland Museum of California’s creative integration of this historical tradition, with current environmental issues that are so prominent in Bay Area preservation, shows a heightened awareness of both the community and the local environment. This exhibition offers an extremely valuable educational opportunity for all ages, and is worthy of art lovers with its variety of mediums and artists.
Samuel Rodriguez, Nahual de California, 2013, Courtesy of the artist and the OMCA
Visit the OMCA and the The Tree of Life and Death: Días de los Muertos 2013, up through December 8th.
Days of the Dead Community Celebration, Sunday, October 27th, 12-4:30pm at the Oakland Museum of California. Food, music, dance, traditional festivities and hands on art making will be available.
A traditional dancer performs at Days of the Dead Community Celebration, Courtesy of Oakland Museum of California, Photo: Shaun Roberts
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