Autry National Center

¡Vivan los Muertos! 2013

The Autry’s Day of the Dead Festival Shares Traditions Through Dance, Altars, Art, and Storytelling

Saturday, October 26, 2013, 3:00–7:00 p.m.

A Tribe of Seeds by Marcus Pollitz. Danza Azteca Xocoyote performer. ¡Vivan los Muertos! visitors. Photos by Abel Gutierrez.
 
Los Angeles, CA (September 27, 2013) – On Saturday, October 26, the Autry National Center presents ¡Vivan los Muertos!, a Day of the Dead festival that explores ancient Aztec and modern Mexican traditions of honoring the dead and celebrating life in a whimsical way. In collaboration with Lore Productions and the Office of the Oaxacan Secretary of Culture, this celebration will entertain and educate visitors with ceremonial performances, community altars, and artwork from Los Angeles artists representing multiple cultures. 
 
¡Vivan los Muertos! will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Museum galleries and the Autry’s recently renovated cafe, Crossroads West, will be open to visitors.
 

Performances and Storytelling

The event is initiated with ceremonial blessings by distinguished Aztec dance group Danza Azteca Xocoyote, and continues with a presentation of Oaxacan folk dances by Nueva Antequera Ballet Folklórico, an organization dedicated to the preservation of Oaxacan culture in Los Angeles. Celebrated dance group Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet rounds out the lineup with an elegant, traditional performance focused on Michoacán. Storyteller Michael Heralda provides context for Day of the Dead traditions by using indigenous Aztec wood instruments to tell the history of their origins.
 

Altars

Visitors will learn about the multiple origins of Day of the Dead celebrations and how the customs have evolved in Los Angeles. Customarily during Day of the Dead, family members provide offerings for their loved ones and create altars to honor them. In partnership with the Office of the Oaxacan Secretary of Culture, ¡Vivan! features one altar focused on traditional indigenous observances of the holiday, reflecting the pre-Columbian/pre-Hispanic period in Mexico. A second altar reflects the “post contact” Catholic festivities from Oaxaca. Four additional personal altars will be constructed outside the museum by families from the community who will take part in workshops to learn more about the complexity and beauty of this tradition.
 

Artists

To further connect the festivities to the community, many Los Angeles artists are showcasing artwork that reflects their interpretations of the Day of the Dead celebration. Twelve artists will form the Feast of Calacas Collective, with each artist exhibiting an original interpretation of the calavera, or skull. Multimedia artist Marcus Pollitz brings The Tribe of Seeds to the Autry, an extravagant, colorful piece featuring 18 skulls decorated in all-natural materials such as seeds and flowers. Wooden sculptures from Zarco Guerrero and paintings from Heriberto Luna will also be displayed.
 
The Autry Store and an outdoor mercado will highlight contemporary Latino artists and their works. Traditional face painting will be available for children and their families.
 

Admission

¡Vivan los Muertos! is included with museum admission, which is $10 for adults, $6 for students and seniors 60+, $4 for children ages 3–12, and free for Autry members, veterans, and children age 2 and under. Additional fees apply for face painting.
 
Tickets may be purchased online or at the door. For more information, visit TheAutry.org/vivan.
 

About the Autry National Center of the American West

The Autry is a museum dedicated to exploring and sharing the stories, experiences, and perceptions of the diverse peoples of the American West, connecting the past to the present to inspire our shared future. The museum presents a wide range of exhibitions and public programs—including lectures, film, theater, festivals, family events, and music—and performs scholarship, research, and educational outreach. The Autry’s collection of more than 500,000 pieces of art and artifacts includes the Southwest Museum of the American Indian Collection, one of the largest and most significant in the United States.

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The museum, store, and cafe are closed on Mondays.

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About the Autry National Center of the American West

The Autry is a museum dedicated to exploring and sharing the stories, experiences, and perceptions of the diverse peoples of the American West, connecting the past to the present to inspire our shared future. The museum presents a wide range of exhibitions and public programs—including lectures, film, theater, festivals, family events, and music—and performs scholarship, research, and educational outreach. The Autry’s collection of more than 500,000 pieces of art and artifacts includes the Southwest Museum of the American Indian Collection, one of the largest and most significant in the United States.

HOURS

Museum and Autry Store

Tuesday–Friday, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m
Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Crossroads West Cafe

Tuesday–Friday 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

The museum, store, and cafe are closed on Mondays.

 

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