“Re-membering Our Ancestors: Discovering Ourselves” Museum Exhibition
Curated by David Avalos
October 10 – November 22, 2015
20th Annual “Día de los Muertos” Community Festival
Featuring Son de San Diego and Mariachi Divinas and Ballet Folklorico
November 1, 2015
6 pm – 9 pm
The Museum @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
340 N. Escondido Blvd.
Escondido, CA 92025
Escondido, CA — Monday, September 28, 2015 — Joining the citywide celebration of Día de los Muertos (“Day of the Dead”), California Center for the Arts, Escondido (the Center) presents a variety of works by Southern California artists that honor lost loved ones and public figures with the special exhibition, Re-membering Our Ancestors: Discovering Ourselves, from October 10 – November 22, 2015. The exhibition, which accompanies the 20th Annual “Día De Los Muertos” Community Festival (November 1), is curated by California State University San Marcos Visual Arts Professor and Chicano Artist, David Avalos. Avalos, who has been described as a “forceful societal observer,” focuses his lens on the deeper tenets of Día de los Muertos as explored by local artists.
Día de los Muertos is a time to re-affirm the relationship between family and community, and to truly ‘re-member’ and restore loved ones to their places among us. Re-membering Our Ancestors: Discovering Ourselves discusses family resilience as expressed by cultural traditions around the world that celebrate those who have gone before us, and who we keep alive through ritual and memory. Children of families who share stories of trauma and triumphs in the lives of the deceased learn to celebrate those legacies and to be emboldened to imagine better futures. In ‘re-membering’ we discover ourselves in recounted family histories.
The Re-membering Our Ancestors: Discovering Ourselves museum exhibition features artwork from the following artists: Tanya Aguiñiga, Lalo Alcaraz, Adrián Arancibia Jr, David Avalos, Salvador Barajas, Doris Bittar, Barbara Carrasco, Cesar Castañeda, Isaias Crow, Cuez, Einar and Jamex de la Torre, Jesus Dominguez, Maria Teresa Fernandez, Ned Imming, Joaquin Junco, Carmen Kalo, the Linares Family, Daniel Martinez, Jose Montoya, Leslie Nemour, Anna O’Cain, Victor Ochoa, Robyko (Roberto and Emiko Sanchez), Sandy Rodriguez, Andrea Rushing, Roberto Salas, Barbara Sexton, and Susan Yamagata. Special thanks to the San Diego Museum of Man for lending pieces from their permanent collection.
David Avalos, the curator of the exhibition, comments, “this exhibition presents a diverse variety of cultural experiences pertaining to Día de los Muertos — honoring its traditions and recognizing its contemporary spirit and vitality.”
Image: David Avalos and Susan Yamagata, Re-membering, 2013, mixed media
Admission to the museum for Re-membering Our Ancestors: Discovering Ourselves is FREE during the Museum’s extended hours for the Center’s 20th Annual Día de los Muertos Community Festival at 6 pm on Sunday, November 1, 2015. First presented in 1995, the standout community celebration has become an annual flagship tradition of the metro area. The Día de los Muertos Community Festival features performances by Son de San Diego, Mariachi Divinas, and Ballet Folklorico by youth from Tierra Caliente Academy of Arts. Community members are invited to participate by creating their own ofrenda or altar in remembrance of loved ones, crafts, face painting and traditional Mexican fare; additional information can be viewed on artcenter.org/event/dia-de-losmuertos-festival
The Museum at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido is an inviting 9,000-square-foot exhibition space boasting three galleries, a sculpture court, secure collections storage, and a museum store. During exhibitions, the Museum is open Thursdays – Saturdays (10am – 5 pm), and Sundays (1 pm – 5 pm). Tickets are $8; members and children under 12 get in free. Senior (60+), military and student discounts are available. For more information, please call (760) 839-4138 or visit: artcenter.org.
About The California Center for the Arts, Escondido
With a mission of bringing people together to discover, create and celebrate both the visual and performing arts, the California Center for the Arts, Escondido is the cultural center of North San Diego County.
The Center’s unique campus includes a 1,523-seat concert hall, a 404-seat theater, a contemporary art museum, art and dance studios, and a full-service conference center with meeting and banquet facilities. The Center also runs an extensive education program and produces free community events. San Diego Magazine named the Center the “Best Limited Engagement” in North County, and the Center was named in the Top Five for U-T San Diego’s Readers Poll for “Best Live Music Venue.”
The Center is located at 340 N. Escondido Blvd. in Escondido. The Ticket Office can be reached at (800) 988-4253. Tickets can also be purchased online. To learn more, including performance dates, times and ticket information, visit artcenter.org.
About the California Center for the Arts, Escondido
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