“Day of the Dead: Honoring Past Lives”
Works created by Alverno College students, alumnae, faculty, and staff, along with School Sisters of St. Francis
October 27 – November 10, 2019
Opening Sunday, October 27 from 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Artist talk at 2:00 p.m.
Alfons Gallery Exhibition Honors Past Lives
Alfons Gallery will continue its annual tradition of presenting a fall exhibition spotlighting the observance of the Hispanic Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) cultural celebration, this year by presenting works created by Alverno College students, alumnae, faculty, and staff, along with School Sisters of St. Francis.
An opening reception for “Day of the Dead: Honoring Past Lives” will be held Sunday, October 27, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. An artist talk will be presented at 2:00 p.m.
The Day of the Dead (El Dia de Los Muertos) is celebrated in early November around the Catholic Feasts of All Saints and All Souls and is a cultural observance that remembers deceased family members and friends and supports them on their spiritual journeys.
Valerie J. Christell, Alfons Gallery’s Director and Curator, said this year’s installation is a floor-to-ceiling, circular ofrenda (altar) surrounding a meditation space in the main Gallery.
The smaller, entrance Gallery space provides opportunities for visitors to engage in honoring deceased loved ones by sharing their stories and creating paper flowers to add to the installation, which includes a traditional ofrenda.
Cecilia Castro of Alverno College is the liaison for this year’s exhibit. She previously served as an Alfons Gallery intern, and is currently a gallery/teaching assistant and lab monitor at Alverno. She and Christell will integrate the work submitted from Alverno contributors into this year’s ofrendas. and meditation space.
“Day of the Dead: Honoring Past Lives” is on view through November 10.