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Día de Muertos: Cultural Perspectives

Presented by Strathmore at The Mansion at Strathmore, North Bethesda

September 04 - November 04

Curator’s Statement Day of the Dead signifies a time in which communities come together to remember their loved ones—the ways in which that is done varies across traditional lines. To an uneducated public, it has become synonymous with Mexico seen only as candied skulls and skeleton painted faces that are often confused with an offensive Halloween costume. Not only is it experienced differently across Mexico, but it is also celebrated throughout Latin America, dating back to... [more+]
Curator’s Statement Day of the Dead signifies a time in which communities come together to remember their loved ones—the ways in which that is done varies across traditional lines. To an uneducated public, it has become synonymous with Mexico seen only as candied skulls and skeleton painted faces that are often confused with an offensive Halloween costume. Not only is it experienced differently across Mexico, but it is also celebrated throughout Latin America, dating back to pre-colonization. This exhibition aims to reclaim this holiday that been gentrified, repackaged as décor, and sold in party stores across the United States. The culture, identity and experiences of these artists are not for sale.The artists selected for this exhibition come from a new generation, giving a current perspective of what this time means to them as Latin American artists living in the United States. These artists will express their own perspective of death while also discerning the separation and/or connection with the tradition itself as generations shift, change, and grow. Acknowledging the seeds planted many moons ago by their ancestors, it is through their work that they will bring back the authenticity of Day of the Dead to a space that now includes them. In this exhibition artists will discern, contemplate, mourn, and remember in order to process, heal, and express their own truth.—Laura IreneDeclaración del Curador El Día de los Muertos es la ocasión en la cual las comunidades se reúnen para recordar a sus seres queridos, y lo hacen de diferentes maneras a través de las líneas tradicionales. Para el público desinformado, este día se ha convertido en sinónimo de México visto únicamente como cráneos azucarados y caras pintadas de esqueletos que a menudo se confunden con disfraces ofensivos de Halloween. Este día no solo se vive de manera diferente en todo México, sino que también se celebra en toda América Latina desde la precolonización. Esta exposición tiene como objetivo recuperar esta celebración que ha sido aburguesada, reinventada como decoración y vendida en tiendas de artículos para fiestas, en todos los Estados Unidos. La cultura, la identidad y las experiencias de estos artistas no están en venta.Los artistas seleccionados para esta exhibición provienen de una nueva generación, y dan una perspectiva actual de lo que esta celebración significa para ellos como artistas latinoamericanos que viven en los Estados Unidos. Estos artistas expresarán su propia perspectiva de la muerte, a la vez que discernirán la separación y/o la conexión con la tradición misma, a medida que las generaciones pasan, cambian y evolucionan. Reconociendo las semillas plantadas hace muchas lunas por sus antepasados, estos artistas recuperarán, a través de su trabajo, la autenticidad del Día de los Muertos en un espacio que ahora los incluye. En esta exposición, los artistas discernirán, contemplarán, harán el duelo y recordarán, con el fin de procesar, sanar y expresar su propia verdad.—Laura Irene [less-]

Dates & times

Sun, Oct 21 @ 12:00 pm Tue, Oct 23 @ 10:00 am Wed, Oct 24 @ 10:00 am + 10 more dates and times

Thu, Oct 25 @ 10:00 am Fri, Oct 26 @ 10:00 am Sat, Oct 27 @ 10:00 am Sun, Oct 28 @ 12:00 pm Tue, Oct 30 @ 10:00 am Wed, Oct 31 @ 10:00 am Thu, Nov 01 @ 10:00 am Fri, Nov 02 @ 10:00 am Sat, Nov 03 @ 10:00 am Sun, Nov 04 @ 12:00 pm - Less dates

Admission

Admission to exhibitions is free. See Mansion at Strathmore hours for times and scheduled closings.

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10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, MD 20852

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