Day of the Dead Closing Celebration

What: Closing event for Imagining Time, Gathering Memory: Dia de los Muertos 2013 

When: Saturday, November 9, 6–9pm

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

How Much: $7–10 admission, click here for tickets

View and interact with the altar installations in SOMArts’ annual Day of the Dead exhibition one last time before it closes! The final event will include an opportunity to meet many of the artists, an artist market and live music and dance performances.

The evening features two group performances heavily rooted in ceremonial tradition. Accompanied by dancers, vocalists and celebrated musicians, Haitian Dance Group Rara Tou Limen brings to the stage a wide spectrum of diverse Haitian dance forms, from vibrant rituals of Vodou, the turbulent legacy of political struggle, to the celebratory and festive dances of Carnival. Aiga Group Dance brings to the stage music and dance from Hawaii, Tahiti, Samoa, Micronesia as well as the haka, a traditional genre of Māori dance.

During the event the Main Gallery will also be open for you to see ArtSpan’s annual SF Open Studios Exhibition featuring more than 400 works of art by San Francisco artists, hung salon style.

About the Exhibition
The Day of the Dead 2013 exhibition at SOMArts Cultural Center offers a visually dense and stimulating environment of elaborate, traditional altars and multi-dimensional art installations. Inspired by current events, cherished relationships, and Day of the Dead celebratory rituals, Bay Area artists utilize multifaceted, contemporary creative practices in Imagining Time, Gathering Memory: Día de los Muertos 2013.

Each year, more than 80 Bay Area artists from a breadth of cultural backgrounds participate in the Day of the Dead exhibition at SOMArts, examining local and global issues through altars and contemporary art installations that address themes ranging from the deeply personal to the political and emphasize viewer interaction.

This year the exhibit is dedicated to those whose lives have been affected by cancer, and to the late Spain Rodriguez, pioneering underground cartoonist, and the late Carlos Villa, renowned artist, educator, and multicultural activist, both of whom died of cancer. Chosen by curators René and Rio Yañez, the theme “Imagining Time, Gathering Memory” encourages participating artists to imagine time in relation to life and death, and to utilize memories to create altars to honor the dead and celebrate life.

Click here for more information & a list of exhibiting artists.

Photo by Kelley Bennett, altar in foreground by Victor Mario Zaballa