Press Release

For Immediate Release 

 

Event Date: October 16 - December 15, 2013

 

Chicago's National Museum of Mexican Art: Día de los Muertos celebration continues through December 15

 

Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead 2013: National Museum of Mexican Art pays homage to José Guadalupe Posada on the 100th anniversary of his death.

 

José Guadalupe Posada, The Fancy Lady/La Calaca Catrina, National Museum of Mexican Art.

 

Chicago, Illinois (October 18, 2013) – The National Museum of Mexican Art, the nation’s only accredited Latino arts organization, is pleased to announce the exhibition 100 Años de Posada y su Catrina in conjunction with its 27th annual Day of the Dead celebration continues through December 15, 2013.   The museum is open Tuesday - Sunday from 10 am-5 pm. Admission to the museum is free.
 
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the death of José Guadalupe Posada (1852-1913). The exhibit pays homage to this genius printmaker and illustrator. Best known for his calaveras (skeletal caricatures), Posada created the La Catrina (The Fancy Lady), and is considered the most renowned Mexican popular artist. His art was a commentary on Mexican social and political issues.
 
Each year, the National Museum of Mexican Art hosts the largest Day of the Dead celebration in the United States. The exhibition presents artworks in photography, oil on canvas, wood and linoleum cuts, acid etchings, textiles, cartoneria and other media. Altars, installations, popular art, and fine art by more than 60 Mexican artists from communities in Mexico and the United States are part of the exhibition, which includes dozens of works from the Museum’s Permanent Collection.
 
This year’s exhibition is curated by Dolores Mercado. 100 Años de Posada y su Catrina is generously supported by Bank of America, ComEd, Southwest Air and Target, as well as Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Chicago Park District, and Illinois Arts Council.
 
Mondragón Family Sugar Skull Demonstrations
Through November 10, 2013  10 am-4 pm
Location: National Museum of Mexican Art
Cost: Free
 
The Mexican sugar skull is the most popular symbol of the Day of the Dead. The Mondragón family of Toluca, Mexico has been transforming raw sugar transforming raw sugar into traditional Mexican sugar skulls for several generations. View a live demonstration as the masterful hands of the Mondragóns create a brilliantly decorated sugar skull. 

 

 

Sugar skulls from the Mondragon family at National Museum of Mexican Art 

 

The Grammy® nominated Sones de México Ensemble is headlining the Dia de los Muertos Ball, Nov. 2 at the National Museum of Mexican Art 

 

Día de los Muertos Ball with Grammy® Award-nominated Sones de México Ensemble
Saturday, November 2, 2013 6-9 pm
Location: National Museum of Mexican Art
Ticket Cost: $50 - includes sugar skull, appetizers, open bar

For tickets, visit www.nationalmuseumofmexicanart.org or call 312-738-1503. 

 

In conjunction with this year’s Día de los Muertos exhibit, which observes the 100th anniversary of the death of iconic Mexican printmaker José Guadalupe Posada, National Museum of Mexican Art presents a dance fiesta and costume masquerade featuring Grammy® Award-nominated Sones de México Ensemble.
 
Guests may dress for party as Posada’s Fancy Lady (La Catrina), Dandy (El Catrín), or in period costumes and dance danzón, son and zapateado, as well as the waltz and polka. Sones de México will play the music of Posada’s era. A brass quartet from the Civic Orchestra of Chicago is also featured.
 
Guests can immerse themselves in a deeply rooted cultural experience as soon they enter the museum. Participate in Día de los Muertos traditions: decorating sugar skulls and altars, writing calaveras (poems for the dead), tasting pan de muertos (bread for the dead), and viewing José Guadalupe Posada’s iconic work.
 
Sones de México Ensemble plays a large collection of folk musical instruments representative of Mexico’s diverse local cultures. The Ensemble has recorded six studio albums and garnered two Grammy® nominations.

 
Visit the Museum website for all related Day of the Dead programming through December 2013.
www.nationalmuseumofmexicanart.org.
 


Miguel Linares Mendoza, Frida Kahlo, 1993, papier-mâché, cartonería and wood / papel mâché, cartonería y madera, 28" x 10" x 10", National Museum of Mexican Art Permanent Collection, 1994.5, photo by: Kathleen Culbert-Aguilar


Mario López Torres, Fancy Lady and Dandy / Catrina y Catrin, 1989-1990, copper, vegetable fiber (tule) and glass, 70” x 28” x 25", National Museum of Mexican Art Permanent Collection, 1992.122 A-B, & 1992.123. photo by: Kathleen Culbert-Aguilar


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About the National Museum of Mexican Art
The National Museum of Mexican Art showcases 3,000 years of creativity from both sides of the Mexican border, connecting visitors to the diversity of authentic Mexican art and culture. Works from the Chicago museum’s 7,500-piece permanent collection are exhibited in four warm and welcoming bilingual galleries, and the museum’s location in Pilsen – the nation’s third-largest Mexican community – allows for a total immersion in the richness of Mexico’s culture. Admission is always free at the National Museum of Mexican Art, the only nationally accredited Latino museum in the United States. To learn more, please visit
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Chicago's National Museum of Mexican Art: Día de los Muertos celebration continues through December 15

Chicago, Illinois - The 27th annual Día de los Muertos celebration at Chicago’s National Museum of Mexican Art continues through December 15, 2013. Each year, the museum hosts the largest Day of the Dead celebration in the United States. Altars, installations, popular art, and fine art by more than 60 Mexican artists from communities in Mexico and the United States are part of the exhibition, which includes dozens of works from the Museum’s Permanent Collection. The museum is open Tuesday - Sunday from 10-5. Admission is free. Día de los Muertos Ball with Grammy® Award-nominated Sones de México Ensemble, November 2, 6-9 pm; tickets $50.00. www.nationalmuseumofmexicanart.org


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