Day of the Dead Exhibit Coming to UWSP
For the City-Times
The traditional Mexican holiday, Dia des los Muertos (Day of the Dead), will be celebrated with an exhibit and reception at the Carlsten Art Gallery at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
The exhibit will be offered Thursday, Oct. 30, through Sunday, Nov. 2, at the gallery on the second floor of the Noel Fine Arts Center on campus. The display will include traditional and contemporary Dia des los Muertos ofrendas (altars) created by members of the Latino Student Alliance, Spanish Club, International Club and Carlsten Gallery Student Advisory Committee at UW-Stevens Point as well as students at the Stevens Point Area Senior High School.
A free, public reception will be held Saturday, Nov. 1, from 6-8 p.m., with a gallery talk, face-painting, Mariachi music and refreshments, including pan de muerto (a traditional Mexican sweet roll).
The gallery is open free of charge, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Thursdays from 7-9 p.m. and on weekends from 1-4 p.m. More information on the gallery is at www.uwsp.edu/art-design/galleries/index.aspx.
Dia des los Muertos, celebrated throughout Mexico and in parts of the United States, is connected to ancient Meso-American beliefs surrounding death and rebirth. The Aztec ritual was moved to coincide with All Saints Day and All Souls Day, and includes visiting a cemetery where loved ones are buried to clean and decorate graves and celebrate the deceased with food and music.