The Tree of Life and Death: Días de los Muertos 2013
The Mesoamerican tradition of Días de los Muertos, celebrated between October 31 and November 2, is associated with iconic elements—sugar skulls, marigolds, colorful ofrendas—arranged or created to honor deceased loved ones. This fall, OMCA presents its 19th annual Días de los Muertos exhibition, The Tree of Life and Death: Días de los Muertos 2013, guest curated by renowned muralist Eduardo Pineda, and project managed by Senior Experience Developer Evenlyn Orantes. Housed in the transformed Gallery of California Natural Sciences, installations by guest artists will fuse the themes of life, death, and mourning with ecology, focusing on topics including indigenous knowledge, empathy, habitat and species loss, and accountability for preventing such losses through conservation and action. The Tree of Life and Death: Días de los Muertos 2013 is on view October 9 through December 8, 2013.
The 19th Annual Days of the Dead Community Celebration
OMCA comes alive for the 19th annual Community Celebration for the Days of the Dead on Sunday, October 27, 2013. Craft activities, tasty food, dance and music groups, colorful ofrendas, and ceremonia bring the community together for this healing tradition. Visitors can watch demonstrations of traditional Mesoamerican arts and cooking, buy Days of the Dead merchandise by local artisans from OMCA's mercado, and visit the special exhibition, The Tree of Life and Death: Días de los Muertos 2013, on view in the Gallery of California Natural Sciences, all with their Museum Admission.