Day of the Dead Exhibition Opening Celebration

What: Opening reception with live music & performance for Imagining Time, Gathering Memory: Día de los Muertos 2013

When: Friday, October 11, 6–9pm

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

How Much: $10 admission, cash bar, advance tickets recommended

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.

The opening event features an artist market, cash bar, music and dance performances by Las Bomberas de la Bahia and Paloma McFly,  interactive performance and the unveiling of the altars. Many of the artists will be on hand to introduce the audience to their works.

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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.

Exhibiting Artists Include:

Elizabeth Addison
Bisher Al Issa
Marilyn Arceo
Adrian Arias
Jill Arnold
Jesus Barela
Bayview Opera House
Maria Becerra
Miranda Bergman
Pamela Blotner
Patricia Cleveland
Olivia Competente
Alicia Cruz-Hunt
Rick Darnell
Andreina Davila
Lorena del Campo
Kathy deRosas
Barbara Dundy
Linette Escobar
Candi Farlice
Tania Figueroa
Joseph Henson Flye
deCoy Gallerina
Tara Ganace
Alisson Gothz
CJ Grossman
Todd Hanson
Stan Heller
Plinio Hernandez
Rashida James-Saadiya
Mark Johnson
Howie Katz
Keiko Kubo
La Tania
Oliver Leach
Sean Leone
Ytaelena Lopez
Johnny Lorenz
Dean MacCannell
Juliet Flower MacCannell
Jeff Marshall
Cris Matos
Susan Matthews
E. Oscar Maynard
Carolina Medina-Dupaix
Caritina Mendoza
David Mezynski
Neila Mezynski
Patricia A. Montgomery
Mary Molly Mullaney
Jennifer Nicholson
David Nicholson
Carla Oden
Choppy Oshiro
Alan Quiñonez
Brenda Rae Rasmussen
Caro Reyes
William Rhodes
Denise Richards
Ernest Rivera
Javier Rocabado
Martha Rodriguez
Nora Rodriguez
Michael Roman
Chloe Rose
Michael Ross
Zachary Rutz
Laura Victoria Salazar
San Francisco Drug Users Union
Jos Sances
Nicole Schach
Allyson Seal
Betty Segal
Dimitra Skandali
Susan Stern
David Tafolla
Lia Tealdi
Cynthia Tom
Kristina Tuohey
Fernando Valenzuela
La Vette Virden
Thomalyn Virden
Ellen Vogel
Carmena Woodward
Rene Yañez
Rio Yañez
Victor Mario Zaballa
Xiaojie Zheng

Photo by Rio Yañez