Today is the Shadow of Tomorrow: Día de los Muertos 2015 Exhibition Unveiling, Oct 9


ATTENTION: Advance ticket sales end at 5pm, October 9, but tickets will be available at the door!

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 and this year’s theme, Today is the Shadow of Tomorrow, here.

The exhibition unveiling and Día de los Muertos inspired artist market, Friday, October 9, 6–9pm, $12–15 sliding scale admission, features music and theatre ensemble Loco Bloco, who will present an opening procession that winds through the exhibit. Loco Bloco’s Brazilian Samba and world music will be accompanied by dancers, rituals, and ceremonies. Poet and performance artist Denise Benavides will host the opening event, performing alongside poet Adrian Arias. Advance tickets are strongly encouraged.


Loco Bloco is a youth and family organization focused on the development of children and youth through exploration of the arts. Celebrating 20 years of service in San Francisco, Loco Bloco is deeply embed in the community life of the City and is known for using the arts—music, dance, drumming, stilt-walking and theater—to influence social/political change on behalf of under-represented peoples in neighborhoods. Rather than follow the prescribed path for arts organizations, Loco Bloco is celebrated for working with youth of all experiences and providing a platform for their expression.


For first generation Chicana poet, Denise Benavides, writing has become a haven for growth, for understanding, and immortalizing life’s humanness. Currently living in Oakland, CA as an emerging poet and performer, her work has been published in FatCity Review, Ground Protest Poetry, The Far East: Everything As It Is, and The Acorn Review. She has featured her work at Galeria De La Raza and Alley Cat Books in the Mission District, and most recently at the 2014 Latino Poetry and Spoken Word Festival in San Francisco. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College and is currently working on her upcoming collection of poetry titled: There Are No Safe Words Here.


Adrian Arias is a Peruvian-american prize-winning poet, visual artist, curator and cultural promoter. His visual art and his poetry explores the absurd, the sensuality of elements and the connection between reality and dreams. His art has exhibited in France, Spain, Japan, North and South America, and he travels from Peru to Macedonia for poetry readings and congress. He was awarded with an artist residency at the de Young Museum in 2010 with his project “Beautiful Trash,” exhibited at Galería de La Raza in SF and at the San Marcos Museum in Peru.


Azteca Negra
Cindy Medrano
David Tafolla
Jewels by Olivia
Michelle Ternus
Rudy Cuellar
Tu tienda azteca



Today is the Shadow of Tomorrow: Día de los Muertos Exhibition
On view Friday, October 9–Saturday, November 7, 2015
Extended gallery hours: Tuesday–Friday 12–7pm, Saturday 11am–5pm & Sunday 11am–3pm

Gathering the Embers
Friday, October 23, 7–9:30pm
$8 in advance & $10 at the door
Multi-disciplinary performers connect past and present with an evening of story and performance.

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


House Kombucha

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: courtesy Victor-Mario Zaballa; Loco Bloco theatre prodcution, photo courtesy Loco Bloco; Denise Benavides, photo by Dan Fenstermacher; Adrian Arias, photo courtesy the artist