Chandler Museum will host a bilingual traveling exhibition showcasing the traditions and celebration of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in Oaxaca, a southern state in Mexico. “A Celebration of Souls: Day of the Dead in Southern Mexico,” features 26 stunning photographs that capture the holiday and with text in English and Spanish. The free exhibition is on view starting, Tuesday, Sept. 1 and runs through Nov. 29, 2020.
Each year, on Nov. 1 and 2, families in villages across Mexico gather to welcome home the visiting spirits of departed relatives on Día de los Muertos. Families prepare for the celebration – which often includes decorating burial plots, lively family reunions and the preparation of special foods – for weeks in advance. They often honor of the deceased by decorating altars with skeleton models, elaborate wreaths and crosses, votive lights and fresh seasonal flowers. Traditionally, Nov. 1 is set aside for remembrance of deceased infants, or angelitos, and those who have died as adults are honored on Nov. 2.
The photographs in “A Celebration of Souls” show villagers immersed in all aspects of the celebration; preparing centuries-old recipes for the departed to enjoy, scattering trails of marigolds to guide the dead home, and offering chocolate and pan de muerto (bread of the dead) at community gatherings. Additionally, Chandler Museum will display a selection of Mexican Folk Art that connect to the thematic elements of Day of the Dead, such as skeletal figurines crafted in a variety of mediums.
"Chandler Diversity is thrilled to support this traveling exhibit,” says Niki Tapia, City of Chandler’s Community Resources and Diversity supervisor. “Chandler has a large and vibrant Latinx population and this exhibit just showcases the commitment of the City to support Latinx culture and community."
This exhibition was developed by The Field Museum in collaboration with Mars, Incorporated.
The Chandler Museum has social distancing reminders throughout the building and limits the number of visitors in the exhibit spaces.
“A Celebration of Souls: Day of the Dead in Southern Mexico” will be on display Sept. 1- Nov. 29, at the Chandler Museum, 300 S. Chandler Village Drive, located southwest of Chandler Fashion Center. It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 1-5 p.m., and closed Monday. Admission is free. The Museum has social distancing reminders throughout the building and limits the number of visitors in the exhibit spaces.
Find more information here, or by calling 480-782-2717.
Photo courtesy of G. Aldana