Día de los Muertos celebration at the Tacoma Art Museum – The Suburban Times
A press release from the Tacoma Art Museum.
The spirit of art and traditions will be fully on display at the Tacoma Art Museum’s 17th Annual Día de los Muertos Celebration, October 20-31, 2021, with an original tapete (sand painting) and up to ‘to 20 ofrendas (altars) created for the event. . The community will honor the dead after a year of loss due to violence and disease.
Masks and social distancing are mandatory. Programming around the exhibition is reduced due to the pandemic.
Visitors will see from October 20 to 31:
- More than a dozen community products ofrendas (altars), decorated with flowers, candles, clay figurines, skeletons and representation of food for the spirits on their return journey
- A traditional tapete (sand painting), a colorful work of art created on the museum floor with sand and pigments
Art, traditions, communities
Illustrating the museum’s mission to transform communities by sharing art that inspires broader perspectives and cultivates a compassionate future, TAM’s annual Día de los Muertos festival has grown over the past 16 years.
About the artists
- Artist Fulgencio Lazo will create the tapete with the help of six other people. Lazo works primarily in acrylic on canvas at his studios in Seattle and Oaxaca, Mexico. He has had over 40 solo exhibitions across the United States, Mexico, Japan and France.
- Community members will set up altars they have created, each personal and unique. Some contributors have participated year after year and involve generations of families in their creations.
About Día de los Muertos
As a celebration of the eternal cycle of life, Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) has been observed for centuries as a powerful and symbolic way to honor deceased relatives and friends.
Although strongly identified with Mexico, Día de los Muertos is celebrated throughout Latin America and everywhere with the Latinx population. It has its origins both in the Aztec tradition and in the Catholic observance of All Saints. Representations of calacas (skeletons) and calaveras (skulls) are common.
Tacoma Art Museum is located at 1701 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma.