Press Release

Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Oakland Museum of California Commemorates Days of the Dead With a Special Exhibition and Community Celebration
The Tree of Life and Death: Días de los Muertos 2013 Highlights the Webs of Connection Between Humans and Nature

(Oakland, CA) July 23, 2013—In one of the nation’s most unique and long-standing celebrations of the Mesoamerican Days of the Dead, the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) will present an exhibition and community celebration focusing on the interconnections between humans and nature—past, present, and future—in the Museum’s extensive new 25,000 square foot Gallery of Natural Sciences, which opened to the public May 31 after a four-year transformation. Elaborating on the traditional Days of the Dead in honoring the lives of humans, this year’s exhibition, titled The Tree of Life and Death: Días de los Muertos 2013, will invoke the presence and spirits of nature as well. The exhibition—OMCA’s 19th annual—will be on view October 9 through December 8 in the Gallery of California Natural Sciences.

On October 27, the public is invited to join OMCA for the 19th annual museum-wide Days of the Dead Community Celebration.  Admission includes access to the special exhibition The Tree of Life and Death as well as all permanent Galleries and special exhibitions, local musicians, folklorico and Aztec dance companies, demonstrations by artisans, and Days of the Dead-inspired craft activities for visitors to make and take home, a curated artisan market and food available for purchase from selected local food vendors.