Remembrance and Resistance: Día de los Muertos 2017 exhibition unveiling, October 6

Dia de los Muertos 2017 model Carrie Love

Update: Advance tickets for tonight’s event are officially sold out! Doors open to ticket holders at 6:00pm. We will be selling a limited number of walk-up tickets at the door for $15.

If capacity permits, we will release a limited number of tickets at the door each hour until the end of the event for cash purchasers — no one will be turned away for lack of funds. We may need to turn people away during times when the building is at capacity. If you didn’t get a ticket online, the later you come, the better your chance of getting in as crowds tend to thin as it gets late & there’s more space for others to join.


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.

Learn more about the exhibition and the curatorial vision behind this year’s theme.

The exhibition unveiling, Friday, October 66–9pm, $12–15 sliding scale admission, features music by San Francisco-based Caribbean fusion band LA GENTE, a multidisciplinary performance tribute to the Zoot Suit Riots by dance group La Mezcla, and other special guests. Advance tickets are strongly encouraged.

La Mezcla

Performance group La Mezcla will present an excerpt of “Pachuquismo,” an all female production directed by Vanessa Sanchez that uses Tap dance, Son Jarocho and percussion to tell the story of the Zoot Suit Riots.

La Gente performs at SOMArts' Day of the Dead exhibition unveiling.

Gracing the main stage at the 2017 Día de los Muertos exhibition unveiling, LA GENTE is a San Francisco based, international recording group led by singer-songwriter Rafael Bustamante Sarria. The group has created their own unique blend of World Music, Cumbia, Reggae, Hip-Hop & Salsa. LA GENTE fuses together rhythms and cultural influences from all over the Caribbean with their distinct Bay Area flavor and style to create an infectious, high energy dance party.

Exhibiting artists:
a group of JSUNS friends from SFAI
Adriana M. Garcia
Aja Archuleta & Heather Clark
Alexandra Blum, Cecile Robles-Blum & Calixto Robles
Alicia Cruz Hunt
Ana Rivero Rossi
Azucena Hernandez
Beatriz Vasquez
Beth Benson & Brandy McDaniel
Brenda Rasmussen & Luna Olcott
Candi Farlice & Ann Schnake
Carla Caletti & Nikki Pratchios
chicXicana & Adelgadoart presents
Chris Watts
CJ Grossman
Collective in honor of Luís Góngora Pat
Dean MacCannell & Juliet Flower MacCannell
Elizabeth Addison assisted by Mague Calanche
Emma Brown y Mara Lea Brown
Enkhtuvshin Ganbold
Francis Li & Mark Hellar
Gianna Paniagua
John Mayne
Josephine Torio, Kate Rosenberg, Denise Sullivan & Chloe Villegas
Josue Rojas
Kathleen McDonald + Carmina Eliason
Katynka Martinez & Mia Gonzalez
Lara Gallardo
Lia Tealdi, John Latham & Alice Latham
Melorra Green & Karen Seneferu
Michael Roman courtesy of Mike Dingle
Nick Gomez and Johnny Gonzalez
Priya Handa
René Yañez
Rio Yáñez
Robin Henderson & Jos Sances
Shizue Seigel & Ben Pease
Staff of the San Francisco Arts Commission & Grants for the Arts
Susan Matthews
Susana Aragón R
Toshia Christal
Veronica A. Rueda
Victor-Mario Zaballa & Las Calacas Atómicas
We are all Janet.
Xavier Viramontes


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

Mission Salon
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.

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

Image credit: Carrie Love, photo by Rio Yañez.