What: Illuminations: Día de los Muertos 2011
When: October 8–November 5, 2011. Closing celebration Saturday, October 5, 6-9PM.
Where: SOMArts Bay Gallery, 934 Brannan St. (between 8th & 9th)
How Much: Free admission during gallery hours. $6-10 admission to closing celebration.
Gallery Hours: Tues–Fri, 12–7PM, Sat 11–5PM.
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 complex art installations created by more than 80 Bay Area artists from a breadth of cultural backgrounds are on display in Illuminations: Dia de los Muertos 2011. Altars and installations range from deeply personal to political and many invite contribution or interaction from visitors.
The theme “Illuminations” was chosen by curators René and Rio Yañez to symbolize a source of light for spiritual and intellectual reflection. This year’s exhibition is dedicated to community pillar and Mission District business owner Martha Sanchez and renowned artist Pablo Picasso.
The exhibition continues to examine the ways technology shapes the celebration of Day of the Dead. Once again, a Flickr group enables the exhibition’s curators to accept digital photos as offerings to those who people want to honor. The public can upload their digital contributions here. Selected images will be printed and displayed as part of the exhibit.
ABOUT THE CURATORS
René Yañez is an artist and a visual and performing arts curator and producer. A founder and former Artistic Director of Galería de la Raza, Yañez was one of the first curators to introduce the contemporary concept of Mexico’s Day of the Dead to the United States. Since the early 1970s, Yañez has been instrumental in establishing the Day of the Dead as an important cultural celebration and teaching others about those outside of the culture through public programming around the annual Day of the Dead exhibitions he curates.
Rio Yañez, son of René Yañez, was born and raised in San Francisco’s Mission District. He is a curator, photographer, andgraphic artist. As a curator he frequently collaborates with his father, and the pair have been developing exhibits together since 2005. Yañez is also a founding member of The Great Tortilla Conspiracy, a tortilla art collective.
|Adrian & La Tania||Kathy deRosas|
|Alicia Cruz-Hunt||Kathy Fujii-Oka|
|Amanda Vigil||Katie Paxton|
|Amy Blackstone||Kay Villalobos|
|Anais Azul||Kelley Coelho|
|Andrew Samuels||Kevin Mullaney|
|Anna Hoover||Kitsch House|
|Annamarta Doustourian||Kristin Tieche|
|Aydasara Ortega||La Tania|
|Betty Segal||Lanell Dike|
|Bjorn Heinbach||Laura DuBois|
|Brenda Rasmussen||Lia Tealdi|
|Bruno Lopez||Lorena del Campo|
|Candi Farlice||Marcela Reyes|
|Caritina Mendoza||Marilyn Mullaney|
|Carla Caletti||Mary Molly Mullaney|
|Carla Oden||Meadow Presely|
|Carolina Medina-Dupaix||Melyssa Mendoza|
|Chrystal Powell||Mike Dingle|
|Chuck Potter||Millan G. Figueroa|
|CJ Grossman||Natalia Vigil|
|Cynthia Tom||Nathaniel Bolton|
|David Tafolla||Nick Gomez|
|DeCoy Gallerina||Patricia Montgomery|
|Denise Richards||Rene Yanez|
|Diane Williams||Rio Yanez|
|Edmundo de Marchena||Romeo G. Osorio|
|Elizabeth Addison||Rosario Sotelo|
|Gina Lim||Shizue Seigel|
|Herbert Siguenza||Stan Heller|
|Hersalia Cantoral||Susan Matthews|
|Howard Katz||Susana Aragon|
|Jeannie O’Connor||Tamara Liu|
|Jeff Charest||Theo Knox|
|Jenna Wittenberg||Victor Mario Zaballa|
|Jos Sances||Victor Navarette|
|Juliet & Dean MacCannell||Victoria Canby|
|Justin Hoover||Ytaelena Lopez|
|Kathy deRosas||Chloe Rose|