Every year during Days of the Dead, we honor loved ones that have passed away and we pay tribute to their lives. In 2012, OMCA celebrates the 18th annual Días de los Muertos exhibition, honoring the lives and stories of extraordinary people. The exhibition celebrates local heroes and heroines that may not have made it into history books, but have contributed to the betterment of their communities and have made an impact on our lives. Through altars and installations, the exhibition pays tribute to Californians in recent and the more distant past, and unveils how their remarkable experiences compose the narrative of change and in the ever-evolving story of California.
The exhibition is guest curated by Eduardo Piñeda, an active participant in the United States Community Mural Movement since 1978. Piñeda has held positions in museum education at both the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), and has artwork in the collection of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco's Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts and public art collection of the Alameda County Arts Commission.
Forgotten Stories, Remarkable Lives: Days of the Dead 2012 is made possible in part by generous support from the Oakland Museum Women’s Board.