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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
|Albert Allen III|
|The Bayview Opera House|
|Lorena del Campo|
|Joseph Hensen Flye|
|Alicia Cruz Hunt|
|Juliet Flower MacCannell|
|Edmundo de Marchena|
|Elizabeth “Oscar” Maynard|
|Mary Molly Mullaney|
Image above: Photo by Rio Yañez, costume design by Chloe Rose, modeled by Hella Breezy