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Dia de los Muertos X

  • Cactus Gallery 3001 North Coolidge Avenue Los Angeles, CA, 90039 United States (map)

Featured artist: Myriam Powell
Cactus Gallery, Los Angeles

Scheduled to run October 14 - November 4, 2017
Opening reception: Saturday, October 14, 2017 * 6p-9p

Dia de los muertos is a traditional Mexican holiday that focuses on gatherings of family and friends to remember those who have died. Altars, marigolds, offerings, skulls, and Monarch butterflies are symbolic of the season.

Dia de los muertos brings the advent of death to light, making the concept of "the end" less scary, and helping people feel a strong, healthy connection to the spirits of their loved ones.

In order to honor and remember those who have died, we will be building an altar and welcome you to bring your photographs and "ofrendas" (offerings) to add to our community altar. "Ofrendas" can be any thing that was important or special to the deceased, such as tools, awards, hats, etc... including favorite refreshments and foods. In Mexico, it is believed that the long hard journey from the afterlife back to Earth should rewarded with nourishment and refreshments for the returning souls.

Our altar will include the presence of the four elements: water, earth, wind, and fire. No offering can be complete if one of those elements is missing, and their symbolic representation is a fundamental part of the offering. In addition, many cempazuchitls (marigold), called the flower of death, will be included, as the Aztecs believed that the strong scent could wake the souls of the dead and help guide them back for the celebration.

Participating artists: 
Douglas Alvarez, Joe Alvarez, Kat Anderson, Ulla Anobile, Lea Barozzi, Skye Becker-Yamakawa, Terri Berman, Denise Bledsoe, Andrea Bogdan, Alea Bone, Catherine Bursill Moore, Stephanie Brockway, Lioba Brückner, Ivonne Carley, Catherine Carr, Laura Castellanos, Olivier Castillon, Joan Charles, Jon Ching, Cora Crimson, Katherine Dossman- Casallas, A. Huggard, Liz Huston, Anita Inverarity, Rasa Jadzeviciene, Kamenthya, Brooke Kent, Patricia Krebs, KrossD, Lisa Kurt, Mavis Leahy, Ann Lim, Candace McKay, Malathip, Marni Manning, Zahra Marwan, Christina Maslar, Jazmin Molina, Monkey-Cats Studio (Laurie Redfern Hardin), Tammy Mae Moon, Margaret Morales, Martina Moreno (Love Is Possible), Lulu Moonwood Murakami, Nobu Happy Spooky, Janet Olenik, Angela Maria Ortiz S., Athena Papouli, Corine Perier, Sarah Polzin, Tania Pomales, Olga Ponomarenko, Myriam Powell, Johnny Quintanilla, Serena Rastrelli, Joshua Roman, Lena Sayadian, Silvia Scarpellini (La Tilla), Carolina Seth, Bradley Sleep, Carisa Swenson, Ioanna Tsouka, Ingrid Tusell, Joana Viheria, Emily Wenner, Holly Wood, and more.

Earlier Event: October 6
Loved to Death
Later Event: February 24