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Past Museum Exhibits: 2014: Colores de La Muerte

Day of the Dead

October 2 – November 9, 2014

Explore the rich history of Mexico and celebrate Dia de los Muertos at the Center’s museum exhibition, Colores de la Muerte. Amble through history with Tren de la Historia, a series of train car sculptures that recount the turning points of the Mexican Revolution along with 36 mixed media sculptures from the Mingei International Museum and an altar installation honoring the Mexican author, Octavio Paz. Chronicling Mexico’s history from early days of revolution to modern day independence this exhibition gives insight into the role of women, political life and Mexico’s perilous fight for independence.

During your visit, take a few minutes to view the short film, “Carmelo,” by Jorge Gutierrez which will be featured in our Museum’s Tower Gallery. This short won the Student Emmy Award at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in 2001 and went on to be screened at various festivals including Kodak’s Emerging Filmmakers Program at the Cannes Film Festival. Now a successful Director and Writer, Gutierrez’s latest movie success, Book of Life, releases in theaters this mid-October!

In addition, our Student Gallery Wall will showcase the artwork of middle and high school students from Escondido and Valley Center school districts. Students were asked to submit their artistic interpretation of their choice of a short piece of literature by either Mexican writer Octavio Paz or Colombian writer Gabriel García Marquez.

This exhibition is presented in collaboration with the Mingei International Museum, The University of Tijuana CUT, Centro Cultural de Tijuana (CECUT), Instituto Municipal de Arte y Cultura (IMAC), the Consul General of Mexico in San Diego, Museum of Popular Art in Mexico City and Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (CONACULTA).

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