September 23, 2016 - December 11, 2016
This year marks the 30th annual Day of the Dead exhibition in Chicago. Three decades ago when the Museum first initiated this artistic tradition, few Chicagoans were familiar with the life-affirming holiday. Today, the ancestral rituals involved in honoring deceased loved ones have become part of the popular culture across the US. Journey of the Soul showcases the indigenous roots and rituals involved in the spiritual tradition. Site-specific ofrendas, popular art, and fine art by more than fifty Mexican artists from both sides of the border make up the largest annual exhibition of Day of the Dead in the U.S.
#30 Día de los Muertos: Journey of the Soul exhibition is dedicated to the victims of the Pulse tragedy in Orlando, FL and to Alejandro Mondragón, the sugar skull maker from Toluca, México who demonstrated the art of alfeñique for twenty years at the Museum.
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Photos courtesy of the National Museum of Mexican Art