Opening Event for Visions at Twilight: Día de los Muertos 2014

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Now in its 15th year, the Day of the Dead exhibition at SOMArts Cultural Center offers a visually dense and stimulating environment of elaborate, traditional altars and multi-dimensional art installations where creativity leads the way to meaningful reflection. Inspired by cherished relationships, current events, and a breadth of cultural traditions, Bay Area artists utilize multifaceted, contemporary creative practices in Visions at Twilight: Día de los Muertos 2014.

The exhibition unveiling, Friday, October 10, 6pm to 9pm, features live music by Rupa of Rupa & the April Fishes, San Francisco’s 2014 poet laureate Alejandro Murguía reading poems by Maya Angelou and Gabriel García Márquez, interactive installations and a Día de los Muertos-inspired artist market. Advanced tickets are encouraged.

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Chosen by father and son curators René and Rio Yañez, the theme “Visions at Twilight” is evocative of the loss of culture and people being felt in the Bay Area now. This year the exhibition is dedicated to celebrated literary artists and activists Maya Angelou and Gabriel Garcia-Marquez, radio DJ Chata Gutierrez, and to musician and performer Holly Schneider, founder of Studio Grand, a nonprofit arts center in Oakland. Click here to read more about the exhibition.

Photo credits top to bottom: Photo by Rio Yañez, model Hella Breezy, make-up by Leanne Elrod Rodriguez; Rupa pictured, photo by Benjamin Fahrer