Day of the Dead Celebration
· Thursday, November 1, at 5:30 pm at El Museo de Arte de El Paso.
· Saturday, November 3, at 2:00 pm at El Museo de Arte de El Paso.
· Saturday, November 3, at 5:00 pm, Noche de Calaveras Procession and Concert
· They present the Consulate General of Mexico and the Art Museum of El Paso.
· Free entrance.
The Consulate General of Mexico in El Paso and El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) are pleased to invite the binational community of the Paso Del Norte region to the celebration of the Day of the Dead, a Mexican tradition through which families and friends meet to honor and remember their deceased loved ones. In Mexico, the Day of the Dead is a national holiday that is traditionally celebrated on November 2. On this occasion a series of activities will be held to commemorate this celebration: The first is the inauguration of the traditional Altar de Muertos on Thursday, November 1, at 5:30 pm at El Paso Musuem of Art (One Arts Festival Plaza, El Paso, Texas 79901). The second activity is “Fiesta de Muertos” a Workshops and face painting on Saturday, November 3, at 2:00 pm at El Museo de Arte de El Paso and we will finish with “Noche de Calaveras Procession and Concert” a Parade of the Day of the Dead, the parade and celebration will kick-off at EPMA with mariachis, dancers, marching bands, catrinas, calavera masks and large-scale marionettes designed by celebrated Mexico City artist collective, Colectivo Ultima Hora and end with a final celebratory concert.
On this occasion, an altar dedicated to José Guadalupe Posada, a painter, illustrator, caricaturist, famous for his drawings of genre scenes, folklore, socio-political criticism and for his illustrations of scenes of the dead like “La Catrina”, will be mounted and popular prints and social caricatures, his work confirms his great aesthetic renown and his determination to make an art properly Mexican. This installation, created with a contemporary vision of the Department of Community Affairs of the Consulate of Mexico in El Paso, will recreate a little of its life and essence, integrating elements used in the traditional offerings of the Day of the Dead, including a specially prepared portrait of Posada for this occasion.
José Guadalupe Posada
Mexican painter and caricaturist, famous for his lithographs with death scenes, popular prints and social cartoons, inspired by folklore.
From the outbreak of the Mexican Revolution of 1910 until his death in the year of 1913, Master Posada worked tirelessly in the press directed to the workers. His first works realized in workshops and small printing presses, gave him the possibility of developing his artistic skills as a draftsman, engraver and lithographer; At that time, he made some satirical illustrations that appeared in the magazine El Jicote. He was critical of the government of Francisco I. Madero and of the campaigns carried out by Emiliano Zapata.
He illustrated corridos, stories of crimes and passions, of apparitions and miracles.
He portrayed and caricatured all types of characters: revolutionaries, politicians, shot, drunk, bandits, catrinas, elegant ladies, charros, bullfighters and workers. He also illustrated the famous “skulls” (verses with an allusion to death that were illustrated with living personified skeletons), a genre that Posada developed in an extraordinary way. He coated the skeleton in the skull: essence of the sorrows and joys of the people.
Great draftsman, tireless worker and a great technician of engraving, Posada died as poor as he was born, on January 20, 1913 in Mexico City.
For more information, please contact the El Paso Museum of Art, telephone (915) 532-1707, and/or Paloma Medina, Consulate General of Mexico, at (915) 533-3644, extension 224.