Día de los Muertos: Eternal Roots

September 30, 2019


The Ontario Museum of History & Art presents its annual Día de los Muertos exhibit, on view beginning Thursday, October 3, 2019 through Sunday, November 10, 2019.  The Museum has been honoring Day of the Dead traditions with large-scale exhibit and events for over two decades.  

Día de los Muertos: Eternal Roots will showcase vibrant pieces of art honoring the deceased.  This year, over 50 artists bring their own highly personal views of life and death to a diverse array of media, including painting, sculpture, mixed media, photography, and altar installations.  This year’s theme, Eternal Roots, highlights the importance of tradition and the celebration of life.  Whether exhibiting heartfelt tributes to loved ones, or light-hearted and humorous pieces, the collective result is as broadly educational as it is entertaining.  Participants from the city-wide art contest will have their ornaments on display in the Día de los Muertos exhibit. 

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) holiday is a vibrant celebration of life and loved ones celebrated on November 1st and 2nd.  It is a long-standing cultural celebration in Latin America with strong ties to indigenous Mexican culture.  Today, Día de los Muertos has been increasingly popular with Latinos and Non-Latinos in the United States, as seen with the diverse range of participating artists.


Special Events that will be held in conjunction with the exhibition:


Día de los Muertos Exhibit Reception

Saturday, October 5, 2019 (1 PM to 3 PM)

Celebrate the artists of the annual Día de los Muertos exhibit, showcasing contemporary work in painting, sculpture, mixed media, photography, ofrendas (altars), and participants from the city-wide art contest. Meet the artists, enjoy live music, and participate in a drop-in workshop. Light refreshments will be served. Remarks at 1:30 PM. This is a free event.


Family Discovery Day: Día de los Muertos

Saturday, November 5, 201 (Noon to 4 PM)

Celebrate Día de los Muertos through art workshops, live performances, a photo backdrop and face painting for the whole family!  Come dress as an esqueleto (skeleton) and enter the Museum’s Catrina/Catrin (fancy skeleton) contest. This is a free event.


For more information about the Día de los Muertos exhibit or to learn more about the Ontario Museum of History & Art, please visit www.OntarioCA.gov/Museum or call (909) 395-2510.

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