OMCA Showcase Series: Days of the Dead

Saturday, December 7, 2013, 1–2:30 pm
Saturday, December 7, 2013 - 1:00pm

This exciting new series features artists from the 19th Annual Days of the Dead exhibition, The Tree of Life and Death: Dias de los Muertos 2013, presenting their work in the brief and illuminating format known as a lightning talk. Artists will share examples of their work and discuss the fusion of Mesoamerican traditions with themes in the Gallery of California Natural Sciences including indigenous knowledge, empathy, habitat and species loss, and accountability for preventing such losses through conservation and action. The showcase lecture will be followed by a brief artist- and curator-led tour.

Featured artists include:

Rubén Guzmán, Shayna Hirshfield, and Miguel Chacon. Guzmán studied Cartoneria, or traditional Mexican paper sculpture, under the tutelage of the world-renowned Linares family, and his work has been exhibited nationally and abroad. Hirshfield, a multimedia artist, studied Cartoneria under the tutelage of Rubén Guzman. Chacon, also a multi-disciplinary artist; composes and produces music, and began training in Cartoneria in 2012 with Guzmán.

Fernando Hernández, an educator and artist, has exhibited surrealist mixed media sculptures throughout the Western states, and was a featured artist in OMCA’s Days of the Dead celebration in 2008.

Wendeanne Ke`aka Stitt, an award-winning quilt maker, who practices the ancient art of making Hawaiian kapa cloth, which is used in the traditional Hawaiian burial of bones.

Included with Museum Admission. Free to OMCA Members.