Now in its 16th 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 visually stimulating and 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 80 participating artists build a dense environment of creativity that makes way for meaningful reflection. Learn more about exhibiting artists here.
The exhibition closing event, Saturday, November 7, 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 music from Bang Data. Advance tickets are strongly encouraged.
Bang Data is formed by Bay Area’s MC Deuce Eclipse on lead vocals, who’s well known by hip-hop fans as an accompanying voice to the legendary Zion I and musician/producer Juan Manuel Caipo, who has become a sought out name producing & mixing in the San Francisco music scene and abroad. Deuce and Caipo have created music loaded with heavy grooves, Samba-Ska-Cumbia and hints of Afro-Electro-Bossanova. This mix of beats, rhymes and melodies are infused with soulful bilingual (English/Spanish) lyrics. The sound is unmistakably theirs. Their self-titled single “Bang Data” from their debut album La Sopa was featured on on AMC’s Emmy® Award-winning television drama Breaking Bad and George Lopez’ new film Spare Parts. New album Mucho Poco is available on iTunes. On stage they are joined by Michael Cavaseno on guitar. The group has performed with acts such as Calle 13, Cafe Tacvba, Ozomatli, Zion I, Kinky, Natalia Lafourcade, Enanitos Verdes, Panteon Rococo, Bomba Estereo & Chico Trujillo.
Chosen by father and son curators René & Rio Yañez, this year’s theme, Today is the Shadow of Tomorrow, is a call to respond to institutional racism and violence. The exhibition invites artists and visitors to honor those who have unnecessarily lost their lives and to look toward the future we want to make for ourselves. Today is the Shadow of Tomorrow is dedicated to internationally influential Uruguayan journalist, Eduardo Galeano, and beloved poet-activist of San Francisco’s Mission District, Alfonso Texidor.
Special thanks to Ninkasi Brewing and House Kombucha, whose generous donations help SOMArts in cultivating access to the arts and engaging the power of the arts to provoke just and fair inclusion, cultural respect, and civic participation.
Images top to bottom: exhibition overview, photo by J. Astra Brinkmann; Bang Data, photo courtesy of the artists; photo courtesy Rio Yañez.