Mexican Culture, Past And Present, Alive At FWMoA For Day Of The Dead

The Fort Wayne Museum of Art is proud to present two exhibitions celebrating Latino heritage and contemporary art and culture with its annual Day of the Dead community altar exhibit, and new for 2017, Day of the Dead artwork from the collection of Dr. Gilberto Cardeñas. The altar exhibit will be on display October 21-November 12 and the Cardeñas collection opened October 7 and will remain on view through December 3.

Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a traditional Mexican holiday centered around home-grown altars honoring deceased loved ones and celebrating their lives. Even if the traditions of Día de los Muertos are not familiar, many will recognize its images—brightly decorated sugar skulls, dancing skeletons still wearing the bright clothes of their less ghostly pasts, and marigold-like flowers, called cempasúchil.