Honoring the Dead

"Flying Skeletons" — Mixed-media by Rebecca Guy

By Bruce Felps

The Bath House Cultural Center and participating artists — 59 of them — pay tribute to the dearly departed, be they people, things, or ideas, this month with the opening of the Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead art exhibit.

The gallery opens Oct. 15 and runs through Nov. 12, at the Bath House. An artists reception takes place from 5-7 p.m., Oct. 16. The exhibit and reception are free.

Now in its 25th year — five years less than the Bath House, which marks 30 this year — the showing includes more contemporary styles and media than earlier installments that consisted primarily of altarpieces.

According to the Bath House press release, the participating “59 artists were inspired by the ceremonies of honor, symbols of remembrance, and expressions of joy that are closely associated with the Mexican celebration. The inclusion of traditional Día de los Muertos altarpieces alongside contemporary artwork in a variety of media is evidence that this show, albeit rooted in the syncretistic Pre-Columbian and Catholic tradition of All Saints Day, has inspired artists of all backgrounds and cultures, who have in turn made the aesthetics of the tradition part of their creative sensibility.”


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