The Museum of Anthropology’s annual exhibit, Life After Death: The Day of the Dead in Mexico, will be on exhibit this year from September 15 to December 11. As Day of the Dead imagery becomes more and more prevalent in Halloween decorations and costumes in the United States, this bilingual exhibit provides an excellent opportunity to learn about the cultural significance, history, and folk art associated with the unique celebration.
As always, the centerpiece of the exhibit is a traditional Mexican ofrenda, an altar with food and beverage offerings, flowers, candles, sugar skulls, and photos of deceased family members. The exhibit also includes a children’s ofrenda with toys and snacks, a wide selection of Day of the Dead folk art, and a photo essay illustrating the celebration in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico. The Museum welcomes patrons to contribute to the exhibit by placing photos of deceased family and friends on the altar. The exhibit presents text in English and Spanish.
For the second year, the Museum will present a Day of the Dead Excursion in partnership with the Hispanic League and Sawtooth School for Visual Art. The event will be held on Saturday, October 24, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The program will include a presentation and in-depth guided tour of the Life After Death exhibit at the MOA, an authentic Mexican lunch, and a Day of the Dead mask-making workshop at the Sawtooth School with veteran mask maker Martina Moore. Participants will have the option of displaying their masks in the Museum for the remainder of the exhibit. The excursion is open to ages 14 and over. Visit sawtooth.org for information and to register. We hope to see you this fall!