Día de los Muertos

SOMArts’ annual Day of the Dead exhibition, beginning in mid-October and concluding around the time of the holiday itself, is a beloved and uniquely San Francisco event. Curated by Rene Yañez and Rio Yañez with assistance from architect Nick Gomez, the event features work by more than 70 artists each year.

The 16th annual Day of the Dead exhibition, Today is the Shadow of Tomorrow, will be on view October 9–November 7, 2015. To learn more about this year’s exhibition, exhibiting artists and related events, click here.

Opening Event
Friday, October 9, 6–9pm
$12–15 sliding scale admission
Exhibition unveiling features a Día de los Muertos inspired artist market and an opening procession by music and theatre ensemble Loco Bloco. Poet and performance artist Denise Benavidez hosts and performs alongside artist and poet Adrian Arias.

Gathering the Embers
Friday, October 23, 7–9:30pm
$8 in advance & $10 at the door
Multi-disciplinary performers connect past and present with an evening of story and performance.

Closing Event
Saturday, November 7, 6–9pm
$7–10 sliding scale admission
The final opportunity to view and interact with the altars features live music and interactive installations.

Extended gallery hours during Day of the Dead: Tuesday–Friday 12–7pm, Saturday 11am–5pm and Sunday 11am–3pm.

Day of the Dead is a celebration that is continually in transition, especially under the mentoring of curators Rene and Rio Yañez who have expanded the artists’ part to extend beyond the traditional altar to a loved one. The father and son team challenge artists to use their creative visions to look at personal loss, as well as local and global issues. In past years artists have created installations about contemporary issues including health care, the presidential election and neighborhood violence.

In past years 30 classrooms from 16 different Bay Area public and private schools (grammar school to high school) have visited SOMArts and learned about the traditional and contemporary celebrations of the Day of the Dead. The students are given a docent tour of the gallery exhibition. In addition, SOMArts creates a black light room, where students make art inspired by the iconography and traditions surrounding Day of the Dead in a room that glows.



For more information about how you can volunteer as a docent, participate as an artist or support SOMArts’ Day of the Dead exhibition with your donations, email info@somarts.org.

Upcoming exhibition:

October 9–November 7, 2015 | Today is the Shadow of Tomorrow

Recent exhibitions include:

October 11–November 8, 2014 | Visions at Twilight: Día de los Muertos | Photos

October 12–November 9, 2013 | Imagining Time, Gathering Memory: Día de los Muertos | Photos

October 13–November 10, 2012 | Calling on the Spirits to Face the Future: Día de los Muertos | Photos

October 8–November 5, 2011 | Illuminations: Día de los Muertos | Photos

October 8–November 6, 2010 | Honoring Revolution with Visions of Healing: Día de los Muertos | Photos

October 16–November 7, 2009 | Altars for the Spirits/Offerings for the Living: Día de los Muertos | Photos