24th Annual Visual & Public Art

Days of the Dead / Dias de los Muertos Celebration

Cultural Continuity & Living History

We're bringing our Annual Programming to you!

All Virtual | Free & Open to the Public 

October  27, 2020

Dias de Los Muertos: Remembering our Dead in a Time of National Mourning and Grief

 An artist talk by Amalia Mesa-Bains

       Note: Zoom session is host managed and waiting room enabled.

               Session will be locked at 4:15pm.

Event Description:  Curator, author, visual artist, and educator, Amalia Mesa-Bains, talks about Dia de Los Muertos during a time of national mourning and grief.  Best known for her large-scale installations that reference home altars and ofrendas, her work engages in a conceptual exploration of spiritual practices that addresses colonial and imperial histories, the recovery of cultural memory, and their roles in identity formation.  In her writings, she examines the formation of Chicana identity and aesthetic practices; the shared experiences of historically-marginalized communities in the United States, especially among women of color; and the role of multiculturalism within museums and cultural institutions. Her essay, "Domesticana: The Sensibility of Chicana Rasquache," theorizes domesticana as a set of aesthetic strategies that use space and experiences historically associated with Mexican-American identity as sites for Chicana feminist reclamation.  As an artist her works have been exhibited in both national and international venues and her publications include “Homegrown-Engaged Cultural Criticism, a collaboration with bell hooks reissued by Routledge Press 2017. She is a recipient of a distinguished MacArthur Fellowship. Currently, she is Professor Emerita at the Visual and Public Art Department at California State University at Monterey Bay.

Event is Free & Open to all Members & Friends of the CSUMB Community!

image courtesy of Amalia Mesa-Bains

Days of the Dead Celebration: Nov. 1 & 2

November 1, 2020

La Soledad Bakery
Cultural Continuity: From Oaxaca to Salinas

       Note: Zoom session is host managed and waiting room enabled.

Event Description: Pastry Chef Sandra will be speaking to us about their cultural commitment to local communities and how they prepare each year for the Day of the Dead celebration. Special attention will be given to displaying their annual Nuestros Ninos Muertos community altar that honors the lives of children who have died.  

 

La Soledad Bakery is a committed team of talented individuals who provide quality bakery, pastries, and Pan de Muerto, or Day of the Dead bread to Monterey, Seaside, Gilroy, Morgan Hill, Half Moon Bay, Santa Cruz, and Salinas, CA. For 17 years, this family of pastry chefs have been continuing the cultural baking traditions of Oaxaca. 

Event is Free & Open to all Members & Friends of the CSUMB Community!

November 1, 2020

Altar Making with CSUMB students
Cultural Continuity: Dual/Duel

       Note: Zoom session is host managed and waiting room enabled.

Event Description:  Expanding on the idea of a diptych (two objects paired together) in art, which historically comes from paintings of altarpieces, students from this semester’s VPA Day of the Dead course will share the altars created in class around the idea of duality. Students will also share how to construct the Day of the Dead altars. 

Event is Free & Open to all Members & Friends of the CSUMB Community!

image via Casa Artelexia 

November 1, 2020

 Tlamachtihketl Kui Martinez Cempowalxochitl & Nahualt lesson
Cultural Continuity: Native Language and Culture

       Note: Zoom session is host managed and waiting room enabled.

Event Description: Learn about the Cempowalxochitl, the Day of the Dead flower in conjunction with a Nahuatl  lesson.

Cuitlahuac Arreola Martinez is a Nahuatl language teacher. His pedagogical journey began in 2016 from Tlahtoltapazolli and Speaknahuatl.com. He teaches beginner’s & intermediate level Nahuatl for people of all ages at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, Semillitas Preschool, and Pasadena City College.  Cuitlahuac will be leading an online workshop about the historical symbolism of Cempowalxochitl, the day of the dead flower alongside a Nahuatl language lesson. 

Event is Free & Open to all Members & Friends of the CSUMB Community!

November 1, 2020

Maria’s Arte y Diseño Printmaking Workshop
Cultural Continuity: Art as Protest 

       Note: Zoom session is host managed and waiting room enabled.

Event Description: Maria’s Arte y Diseno is an art gallery located in Oaxaca, Mexico. The owner and gallerist Mariana Rivera will be collaborating with T.A.C Taller Artistico Comunitario, in leading a day of the dead printmaking workshop. The workshop will spotlight T.A.C’s commitment to using hand printing practices as a vehicle for youth empowerment, social justice, and community identity.

Event is Free & Open to all Members & Friends of the CSUMB Community!

November 2, 2020

La Soledad Bakery | Pan De Muerto Workshop
Living History: Food as Ancestral Knowledge 

       Note: Zoom session is host managed and waiting room enabled.

Workshop Description: La Soledad Bakery takes us behind the counter and into the kitchen to show us how Pan De Muerto or Day of the Dead bread is created. Watch how Pastry Chef Sandra shows us her techniques she learned from her family.   

Event is Free & Open to all Members & Friends of the CSUMB Community!

November 2, 2020

Sugar Skull Workshop
Living History: Sugar and the Symbolic

       Note: Zoom session is host managed and waiting room enabled.

Workshop Description: Contemporary artist and VPA 209: Day of the Dead Workshop Instructor, Luis Sahagun, leads a workshop on how to make sugar skulls.  

Event is Free & Open to all Members & Friends of the CSUMB Community!

November 2, 2020

Moises Salazar | Papel Picado Workshop
Living History: Hybridity

       Note: Zoom session is host managed and waiting room enabled.

Workshop Description: Contemporary visual artists Moises Salazar and VPA faculty, Luis Sahagun, lead a demonstration on how to create papel picado or cut paper. They will also be in conversation addressing issues on hybridity in art and culture. 

Event is Free & Open to all Members & Friends of the CSUMB Community!

November 2, 2020

Movimiento Cosmico Indigenous Dance and Culture | 
Aztec dance ceremony & conversation
Living History: Nourishment

       Note: Zoom session is host managed and waiting room enabled.

Workshop Description: Aztec ceremony and conversation with members of Movimiento Cosmico Indigenous Dance and Culture.  

Event is Free & Open to all Members & Friends of the CSUMB Community!

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