The University of New Orleans' Ogden Museum of Southern Art Honors the Traditions of Día de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead

Local artists honor a Mexican tradition in the latest exhibition at the University of New Orleans' Ogden Museum of Southern Art: Día de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead.

The annual holiday is celebrated in Mexico, the southwestern United States and parts of Latin America, said Sarah Story, spokeswoman for the Ogden Museum. During this celebration, families come together to pay respect to relatives who have died and to celebrate their life and rebirth in another world. Described by anthropologists and historians as a blend of the Catholic All Saints' and All Souls' Days and pre-Columbian traditions that honored ancestors in a celebration of the dead, the holiday is generally celebrated with the creation of altars to the dead, festooned with food, paper decorations and representations of skeletons.

Local artist Cynthia Ramirez created a special altar for the Ogden exhibition, which began Wednesday and runs through Monday, Nov. 10. The altar is dedicated to beloved artist George Dureau, a long-time fixture in the New Orleans arts community who passed away in April at age 84.

"George Dureau, in both spirit and studio practice, was one of the great artists of New Orleans," said chief curator Bradley Sumrall. "To the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, he was both friend and champion, as well a significant figure in our collection and exhibition history. It is befitting that Cynthia Ramirez has chosen to dedicate the altar to him this year."

To celebrate, the Ogden Museum and Tulane University's Stone Center for Latin American Studies have created a series of programs designed to educate the public about the Day of the Dead.

Teacher Workshop presented by Ogden Museum Education Department and Tulane University's Stone Center for Latin American Studies

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
5:00-7:00 p.m.

During this workshop, teachers will receive information on how to incorporate the tradition into their classroom, including a history of the celebration, lesson plans and art projects. Artist Cynthia Ramirez will also speak about the traditional elements of altar building. For more information or to register, visit stonecenter.tulane.edu.

Family Workshop

Saturday, October 11, 2014
10:00 a.m. - Noon

Explore the history and cultural traditions of Día de los Muertos through hands-on art activities, including papel picado, decorating calaveras (sugar skulls), and making family ofrendas (altars). Participants may bring family photos or objects to incorporate into the altars in keeping with the Día de los Muertos tradition of honoring those who have passed away. Pre-registration required. Adults: $20 member; $25 non-member

Child: $10 member; $15 non-member
For more information or to register, visit ogdenmuseum.org.

Ogden After Hours Day of the Dead Celebration

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Rumba Buena performs for this evening of celebration with food and family-friendly fun.

More information on this series of events can be found by visiting ogdenmuseum.org.

 

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Ogden Museum of Southern Art Honors Dia De Los Muertos or Day of the DeadLocal artist Cynthia Ramirez honors the late New Orleans artist George Dureau, who died in April, with a special altar designed to honor the Mexican tradition of Dia de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead.

 

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The University of New Orleans' Ogden Museum of Southern Art honors the Mexican tradition of Dia de Los Muertos or Day of the Dead in a special exhibition that runs through Monday, Nov. 10, at the museum, located at 944 Camp St.

More information on the exhibit and an associated series of events can be found at ogdenmuseum.org.