It’s October, and three of the month’s holidays are coming soon. And one of them is Dias de los Muertos.
On October 9th, the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) is celebrating the holiday by presenting the museum’s newest exhibition The Tree of Life and Death: Dias de los Muertos. It is guest curated by renowned muralist Eduardo Pineda, and project managed by Senior Experience Developer Evenlyn Orantes. As the exhibition is housed in OMCA’s Gallery of California Natural Sciences, it will feature installations by guest artists, who will fuse the themes of life, death, and mourning with themes of ecology, including the topics of habitat and species loss. The exhibition is on view until Decemter 8th.
And with the exhibition under way, OMCA will be also hosting their 19th annual Community Celebration for the Days of the Dead on Sunday, October 27th. It will of course be a day of craft activities, delicious food, and dance and music groups. It will also be filled with demonstrations of traditional Mesoamerican arts and cooking, and Day of the Dead merchandise by local artisans for sale. Other related events for The Tree of Life and Death exhibition include two OMCA showcase series, and a member tour.
Meanwhile at OMCA’s Gallery of California Art, the museum will also be opening on October 9th, the exhibition the Smallest of Worlds, which is a selection of four dioramas by the Aguliar sisters, and are from the collection of celebrated San Francisco artist Rex May, best known for designing the 49-mile Scenic Drive sign. The featured dioramas have been known to capture everyday Mexican street scenes, including a flower marker and a cantina. The dollhouse-like pieces each portray fleeting moments in a truly unique and nostalgic way, evoking a playfulness, which brings the figures to life. This exhibition is on view until July 6th.
Log on to museumca.org for more information.