“Colores de la Muerte” Art Exhibition
Curated by Lisette Atala-Doocy
October 2 – November 9, 2014
“Día de los Muertos” Community Festival
Featuring Ballet Folklorico Tierra Caliente & Mariachi los Caballeros de San Diego
November 1, 2014
6 pm – 9 pm
The Museum @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido
340 N. Escondido Blvd.
Escondido, CA 92025
Joining the citywide celebration of Día de los Muertos (“Day of the Dead”), California Center for the Arts, Escondido (the Center) honors a tradition deeply rooted in pre-Columbian Mexico with the special art exhibition, Colores de la Muerte, from October 2 – November 9, 2014. Curator Lisette Atala-Doocy explores the rich history of Mexico by featuring 15 large sculptures from Tren de la Historia (El Museo de Arte Popular, Mexico City) and 30 sculptures and artifacts from the Mingei International Museum. Two designers from the Department of Architecture at the University of Tijuana CUT will also contribute a monumental altar commemorating the 100th anniversary of the passing of Mexican Nobel Prize winner, Octavio Paz. Throughout the duration of the exhibition, two singular events take place at the Center: the annual Día de Los Muertos community festival (Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014; 6 pm – 9 pm) and a performance by 2014 GRAMMY Award-winning Los Angeles-based ensemble La Santa Cecilia (Friday, Oct. 10, 2014; Center Theater, 7:30 pm). For additional information, please visit artcenter.org.
Curator Lisette Atala-Doocy’s passion for the arts goes back to her childhood and adolescence in Mexico and Europe. A Mexico City native, Atala-Doocy, has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Mexico City Conservatory of Music and she studied music theory at the London Academy of Music. Working directly with El Museo de Arte Popular in Mexico City, Atala-Doocy and the Center enlisted the Conaculta, Mexico’s National Endowment for the Arts,to help transport 15 trains featured in the Tren de la Historia (“History Train”) exhibit to Escondido. Tren de la Historia chronicles the turning points of the Mexican Revolution from uprisings and rebellions as early as 1810 to the war for independence reaching its resolution in 1920. 30 pieces from the Mingei International Museum will be prominently displayed with the Colores de la Muerte, and the exhibition as a whole will be designed and installed by IMAC (City of Tijuana Arts and Culture Department, Municipal Institute of Arts and Culture).
In addition to the works on view in the main Museum galleries, student pieces will be displayed on the Student Gallery Wall. Curriculum for artwork will be sent to local schools, and those who participate will be included in the exhibition. Statistics reveal 83.5% of students attending Escondido Union School District schools are from low-income families eligible for the Free or Reduced Lunch program. The Center proudly provides an opportunity for children to produce their own artwork, which will be exhibited for their teachers, parents and residents of Escondido and North San Diego County to view. The Center is thrilled to participate in the San Diego Museum Council’s “Kids Free in October” event alongside 40 other museums located throughout San Diego County. Please visit sandiegomuseumcouncil.org for a full list of other participants and details.
Admission to the museum for Colores de la Muerte is FREE during the Museum’s extended hours for the Center’s Día de los Muertos community festival from 6 pm – 9 pm on Saturday, November 1, 2014. 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 a performance by Ballet Folklorico Tierra Caliente (tickets $15 – $20) in the Concert Hall.. Community members are invited to participate by creating their own ofrenda or altar in remembrance of loved ones while enjoying live music by Mariachi los Caballeros de San Diego, entertainment, crafts, face painting and traditional Mexican fare; additional information can be viewed on artcenter.org/event/dia-de-los-muertos-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. Colores de la Muerte 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), Museum of Popular Art, Conaculta and the Consul General of Mexico in San Diego.
During exhibitions, the Museum is open Thursdays – Saturdays (10 am – 4 pm), and Sundays (1 pm – 4 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
A 501(c)3 charitable organization, the Center’s creation was sparked by a civic vision—one that recognized the vital role that the arts play in strengthening and uniting the community. Our commitment to enriching lives and improving access to the arts, especially for low-income individuals and families, is exemplified through our extensive educational programming and robust series of free community events. The Center is guided by an enthusiastic Board of Trustees and passionate staff who are dedicated to furthering arts education and access, and to creating programs that provide cultural enrichment for residents of North County and beyond.
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