Now in its 18th year, the annual Day of the Dead exhibition at SOMArts Cultural Center offers one of the most internationally diverse Día de los Muertos celebrations in the United States. Merging traditional Mexican altars with contemporary art installations, the exhibition presents a superabundant array of perspectives remembering, honoring, and celebrating the dead. Inspired by cherished relationships, current events, and personal and collective histories, more than 25 altars by over 50 participating Día de los Muertos artists build a dense environment of creativity that creates space for meaningful reflection and community engagement.
The exhibition closing event, Thursday, November 9, 6–9pm, $7–10 sliding scale admission, is the last opportunity to view and interact with the altars. The evening features a Día de los Muertos inspired artist market and live performances by San Francisco band Candelaria, led by lead singer Liliana Herrera, and inspiring performance by dance collective Rising Rhythm Project. Advance tickets are strongly encouraged.
Since 2009, Oakland, California based CANDELARIA has been moving dance floors all over the West Coast and Midwest with their unique sound. Combining infectious, soulful Colombian Cumbia rhythms with vibrant horns, seductive, transcendent guitar, powerful female vocals and and a heavy dose of Jamaican du, you will be transported to an exotic realm where dance is the universal language. When this band taps into its signature groove, the music washes over you like a warm breeze and cradles you like a hammock on a white sand beach.
Remembrance and Resistance: Día de los Muertos Exhibition
On view Friday, October 6–Thursday, November 9, 2017
Extended gallery hours: Tuesday–Friday 12–7pm, Saturday 11am–5pm & Sunday 11am–3pm
Friday, October 6, 6–9pm
$12–15 sliding scale admission
Exhibition unveiling features a Día de los Muertos inspired artist market and music by LA GENTE.
Friday, October 20, 6–9pm
$12–$15, no one turned away for lack of funds
Experience the cultural vibrancy of the Mission District with an interactive salon curated by David Kubrin and featuring San Francisco poet laureate Kim Shuck. Performances by Trio Cambio, Los Nadies, Josue Rojas, and Musical Art Quintet.
Image credit: Carrie Love, photo by Rio Yañez.