Exhibition

Metamorphosis & Migration: Days of the Dead
October 18, 2017–January 14, 2018

This year, OMCA’s biennial Days of the Dead exhibition is inspired by the lifecycle of the Monarch Butterfly. Known for its mass migration each winter, this butterfly’s journey spans  several generations, all of whom follow the same routes their ancestors took. In Mexico, the returning Monarchs also symbolize the returning souls of loved ones who have passed away. 

In Metamorphosis & Migration: Days of the Dead, explore ofrendas and artworks inspired by the Monarch’s migration and themes of tradition and transformation. View rarely-seen butterfly specimens from OMCA’s collection alongside newly commissioned artworks. Artist Hung Liu honors her mother’s passing through a series of heartfelt paintings. Favianna Rodriguez ponders migration and immigration in a new way using her “Migration is Beautiful” butterfly imagery. Chris Treggiari and Peter Foucault honor colleague Alex Ghassan, who lost his life in the tragic Ghost Ship fire. A new mural by Jet Martinez welcomes visitors in the Oak Street Plaza. Fernando Escartiz's giant papier maché sculpture depicts a traditional Día de los Muertos calavera. And, traditional Days of the Dead altars by Bea Carrillo Hocker and Rafael Jesús González, as well as installations by Oakland International High School and Thornhill Elementary School, energize this communal space for reflection and empowerment in these turbulent times.

Don't miss our 23rd Annual Days of the Dead Community Celebration on Sunday, October 22! Get your tickets early for this popular event. Learn more

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Metamorphosis & Migration: Days of the Dead is supported in part by the Oakland Museum Women’s Board.