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Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art celebrates “Day of Dead” along with Guanajuato Institutions

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The University of Oregon announced that “The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art” plans four days of activities to mark both “Day of the Dead” — Dia de Muertos — and the 400th anniversary of the publication of “Don Quixote.”

The events will take place Saturday, Oct. 29; Sunday, Oct. 30; Tuesday, Nov. 1; and Wednesday, Nov. 2, from 6 to 9 p.m. each day.

This year’s celebration — El Quijote de la Muerte — is dedicated to the quadricentennial of the publication of Miguel de Cervantes’ seminal Spanish novel. The free celebrations are open to the community and feature dancing, poetry, music, traditional Mexican “ofrendas“, artist talks and other artistic activities.

Each evening, Los Pitayeros, a traditional stringed instruments mariachi group from Jalisco, will be joined by four dancers from Identidad y Folklor, based in Guanajuato, for a performance. One of Mexico’s award-winning artists, Raymundo González Nieto, will present an exhibition of his papier mâché skeleton figures and he will also lead art-making activities in the museum’s education studio.

In addition to the evening events, the museum has produced English- and Spanish-language guides to visual artworks at the museum’s galleries that relate to the traditions of “Day of the Dead”.

Constructed by the students of Oak Hills School and MEChA UO, traditional Día de los Muertos “ofrendas” (also known as Day of the Dead altars), will be on display. The altar is a customary part of the holiday that is meant to honor the deseased.

“Día de los Muertos is a festive and thoughtful holiday in Mexico and some parts of Central and South America,” said Cheryl Hartup, JSMA associate curator of Latin American art. “The unique tradition is celebrated by Latinos and Chicanos in the United States and by an ever-increasing general public.”


(Photo: around.uoregon.edu)

Thousands of years ago, in the valleys of southern Mexico, Mayas, Zapotecas, Mixtecas and Aztecas honored their dead with elaborated ceremonies, dances and rituals. After Cortez conquered Mexico in the 16th century and with the introduction of Catholicism, the religious celebrations of “All Saints Day” and “All Souls Day” coincided with the indigenous Mexican celebrations.

The intersection of these celebrations has given way to the “Día de los Muertos” as we know it today, which includes the tradition of altars featuring food, art, candles, flowers and photographs of the deseased alongside those of saints.

The event is co-sponsored by Oak Hill School in conjunction with the “Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art”, “MEChA de UO”, “Adelante Sí”, “Instituto de Cultura de Guanajuato”, “Instituto Estatal del Migrante Guanajuatense y sus familias”, and “CBT Nuggets”.

About The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

logoThe University of Oregon’s art museum opened its doors to the public in 1933. Designed by Ellis F. Lawrence, UO dean of Architecture & Allied Arts at the time, the museum was built to house the Murray Warner Collection of Oriental Art—more than 3,700 works of art given to the University of Oregon by Gertrude Bass Warner.

The only academic art museum in Oregon accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the University of Oregon’s Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA) features engaging exhibitions, significant collections of historic and contemporary art, and exciting educational programs that support the university’s academic mission and the diverse interests of its off-campus communities. 

The JSMA’s collections galleries present selections from its extensive holdings of Chinese, Japanese, Korean and American art.  Special exhibitions galleries display works from the collection and on loan, representing many cultures of the world, past and present. The JSMA continues a long tradition of bridging international cultures and offers a welcoming destination for discovery and education centered on artistic expression that deepens the appreciation and understanding of the human condition. 

Source: http://around.uoregon.edu/

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