2010 Day of the Dead Exhibition

2010 Day of the Dead

What: Honoring Revolution with Visions of Healing
Día de los Muertos 2010

When: Opening Reception: Friday, October 8 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Closing Reception: Saturday, November 6 from 5:00pm to 7:30pm, followed by a benefit concert at 8:00pm.
: SOMArts Cultural Center Bay Gallery, 934 Brannan St (between 8th and 9th)
Producers/Curators René and Rio Yañez and architect Nick Gomez
Exhibition dates: October 8 through November 6 2010
Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Friday 12:00pm to 7:00pm, Saturday 12:00pm to 5:00pm
How much: Tickets for the opening may be purchased at the door or online at dayofthedead.eventbrite.com. Tickets for the closing and benefit concert may be purchased online at muertos.eventbrite.com. Gallery admission is free.

El Día de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead, provides a way for people to embrace the beauty of life and to honor the spirits of the dead.  Intricate, traditional altars and sophisticated, complex art installations are on display in this year’s Day of the Dead exhibition from Friday, October 8 through Saturday, November 6 at SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan Street, San Francisco.

The exhibition, called Honoring Revolution with Visions of Healing, features altars and installations that will honor the dead and provide offerings to the living.  Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution.

Themes to be explored include:

•  Ecological and human destruction in the Gulf of Mexico

•  The death of a parent or loved one

Featured artists include Adrian Arias, who will build an innovative installation for his mother, who passed away in 2010. The artist Gato will display his linocut prints of the Mexican Revolution.

All artists are invited to participate by submitting images to the SOMArts’ Day of the Dead Flickr group.  Selected images will be printed and displayed in the SOMArts Bay Gallery.  The public can send their digital contributions to: http://www.flickr.com/groups/digitalofferings

The opening reception will feature contemporary Chicano music performed by singer Lilliana Herrera and guitarist Jose Roberto, plus special performances by Tania Llambelis and the Oakland Improv Collective. An artist market of Dia de los Muertos crafts and art will take place in the lobby.

The closing reception will be followed by a very special benefit concert to help SOMArts reach its goal of raising $8,000 “bones” to support community-based art. To help us out, the San Francisco Symphony will present Quinteto Latino in a special Dia de los Muertos program of classical music performed by the sumptuous voices of flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn and bassoon. $50 ticket includes a $25 tax-deductible donation. Only 100 tickets are available for this performance.