Calling On the Spirits to Face the Future: Día de los Muertos Exhibition 2012

What: Calling on the Spirits to Face the Future: Día de los Muertos 2012

When: October 13–November 10, 2012

Where: 934 Brannan St. (between 8th & 9th)

How Much: Free admission

Gallery Hours: Tuesday–Friday, 12–7pm, Saturday 11am–5pm, Sunday, 11am–3pm

What Else: See special event listings below.

The centuries-old tradition of building altars to welcome and celebrate deceased loved ones fuses with present-day artists’ sentiments on the state of life and politics in the Day of the Dead 2012 exhibition at SOMArts Cultural Center. Elaborate, traditional altars and multi-dimensional art installations are on display in Calling on the Spirits to Face the Future: Día de los Muertos 2012.

The annual Day of the Dead exhibition provides a way for more than 80 participating artists and more than 4,000 exhibition visitors & 800 touring school children to embrace the beauty of life and to honor the spirits of the dead.

Calling on the Spirits to Face the Future is dedicated to the late Daniel del Solar, a Chilean-American media activist, poet and photographer, and the late John Edward Buchanan, Jr., Director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Click here to watch a video made at last year’s exhibition.

Accompanying events include:

 

Opening Reception, Friday, October 12, 6–9pm, $7–10 sliding scale admission.
Tickets: http://callingonthespirits.eventbrite.com  
Enjoy the unveiling of intricate, traditional altars and complex art installations created by more than 80 Bay Area artists as part of SOMArts Cultural Center’s 13th annual Day of the Dead exhibition, Calling on the Spirits to Face the Future: Día de los Muertos 2012.  The opening reception features live music and painting, interactive installations, Frida Kahlo themed performances and an artists market.

 

Gathering the Embers: A Dia de los Muertos Tribute Show 2012,  Saturday, October 20, 7–9:30pm, $8 in advance & $10 at the door.
Tickets: http://embers.eventbrite.com
In this 2nd annual performance showcase, sisters Natalia and Amanda Vigil gather emerging and established writers, interdisciplinary performing artists, media makers and musicians to pay tribute to love, life, loss and resiliency.

 

Bernal Hill Players, performing Neighborhoods of Mexico City
Saturday, October 27, 8pm–10pm, $10 in advance & $15 at the door.
Tickets: http://bernalhillplayers.eventbrite.com
The Bernal Hill Players is an adventurous San Francisco chamber music group specializing in eclectic programs. They will present two world premieres by Mexican composers Guillermo Galindo and Eduardo Gamboa inspired by neighborhoods of Mexico City. Additional chamber music to be performed includes Zarabandeo by Mexican composer Arturo Márquez, La Muerte del Ángel by Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla, Cuarteto by the Cuban-American composer Joaquín Nin-Culmell, Choros No. 2  by Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos, and favorites of the folk and popular literature, La Llorona and Granada. Concert guests may arrive early to visit the art exhibition Calling on the Spirits to Face the Future: Dia de los Muertos 2012. Click here to read more.

 

Closing Reception for Calling on the Spirits to Face the Future: Día de los Muertos 2012
Saturday, November 10, 6pm–9pm, $7–10 sliding scale admission.
Tickets: http://facethefuture.eventbrite.com/
The closing reception for Calling on the Spirits to Face the Future: Día de los Muertos 2012 group exhibition is the final opportunity to view and interact with intricate, traditional altars and complex art installations created by more than 80 Bay Area artists. Music and performance to be announced.

 

Exhibiting artists include:

Laurie Adams
Elizabeth Addison
Albert Allen III
Adrian Arias
Renee Baldocchi
Jesus Barela
 Bartus Bartolomes
Jeff Barhoum-Lindo
Genea Barnes
Helen Bayly
The Bayview Opera House
Elizabeth Benson
Miranda Bergman
Nathaniel Bolton
Krista Brugnara
Edward Cabral
Carla Caletti
Kit Cameron
Carolyn Carvajal
Anna Cardona
Kathy deRosas
Lorena del Campo
Jeff Marshall
Joseph Hensen Flye
Gary Fusco
Kathy Fujii-Oka
CJ Grossman
deCoy Gallerina
Sarah Guerra
Raul Guerrero
Diana Hamid
Bjorn Heinbach
Stan Heller
Alicia Cruz Hunt
Rocabado Javier
Howie Katz
Keiko Kubo
Irene LaChance
Brittany Lambert
Shaz Lawrence
Gina Lim
Ytaelena Lopez
Bruno Lopez-Moncada
Dean MacCannell
Juliet Flower MacCannell
Paul Maes
Edmundo de Marchena
Jeff Marshall
Martinez
Susan Matthews
Elizabeth “Oscar” Maynard
Matt McKinley
Caritina Mendoza
David Mezynski
Neila Mezynski
Mary Molly Mullaney
Nova
Carla Oden
Adrian Ordenan
Choppy Oshiro
Daniela Palacios
Michelle Peckham
Nikki Pratchios
Brenda Rasmussen
Lucca Raventinkie
Tim Rawls
William Rhodes
Denise Richards
Alison Rodrigues
Martha Rodriguez
Michael Roman
Chloe Rose
RUBYSPAM
Oswaldo Ruiz
Julia Sackett
Jos Sances
Gehno Sanchez
Nina Serrano
Nicole Schach
Betty Segal
TACOE Artists
Nikolas Sikelianos
David Tafolla
Niloufar Talebi
Lia Tealdi
Ellen Vogel
John Wade
Rene Yanez
Rio Yanez
Kathleen Young
James Word
Wilton Woods
Victor-Mario Zaballa
Xiaojie  Zheng
Susan Zupko

 

Image above: Photo by Rio Yañez, costume design by Chloe Rose, modeled by Hella Breezy