30th Annual Day of the Dead exhibition

Ofrendas para las ánimas.  Offerings for the souls.

MCCLA Day of The Dead 2015

MCCLA main gallery 2nd floor and Inti-Raymi gallery.
Gallery hours:  Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm.
$2 exhibit admission fee.  October 1, 2016- November 19, 2016.

This exhibit features artistic ofrendas by:  Amelia Berumen, Anita De Lucio, Aurelio Melchor Pimentel, Bryan Perez, John Martinez & family, Julia Rivera, Lillian Botello, Manos Creativas, Marco Razo, Nancy Ledesma, Orlando de la Garza, Regina Meredith Fitiao, Susana Gomez, and Susan Mathews.

In our Inti-Raymi gallery we feature photographs from a series titled, “Muerte, Culto, y Devoción”, taken by David Trujillo.  David’s photographs captured significant aspects of the indigenous ritual of Day of the Dead in Michoacán, Veracruz, and Tabasco.  These photographs display diverse scenarios that manifest a Mesoamerican ceremony towards their ancestors.

Come experience this intimate remembrance and celebration of our loved ones who have passed away.  



@ The Lobby

Bienvenida / Welcome Message by Arturo Mendez | 6:30
Lectura de Poesia con Quetzal 5 | 7:00 - 7:30
Cuento de Dia de Muertos | 7:30 - 8:00
Serenata a Juan Gabriel con Daniel Ordonez | 8:30 - 9:00
Teatro Nahual presentacion | 9:00 - 9:15
Calaveritas & Open Mic | 9:15 - 10:00

@ The Theater

Movie Showing: La Leyenda de la Nahuala (Mexico, 2007) | 6:30 - 8:00
Cuentos de Cipotes de Ricardo Barahona, Shorts (El Salvador, 2006) | 8:00 - 8:20
Q&A with Ricardo Barahona | 8:20
Movie Showing: La Leyenda de la Llorona (Mexico, 2011) | 8:30 - 10:00

@ The Galleries

Activity Hour Blessing done by "Xico" Xavier Garza | 6:30 -7:30
Welcome Message by Angelica Rodriguez | 7:30
Solera Choir directed by Martha Rodriguez-Salazar | 8:00 - 8:45
Musical Presentation by "Sin Nombre" | 9:00 - 10:00
Program Ends | 10:00

@ El Cafe de la Muerte

Chocolate y pan de Muerto for all!!!
First come, first served.

Open call to artists

Call Day of The Dead 2016

Animecheri Kejtsitakua: Ofrendas para las animas.

Offerings for the souls - 2016 Day of the Dead

As one of the first spaces where the innovative Day of the Dead was established in San Francisco, The Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts is honored to be hosting its 30 th Day of the Dead:

Ánimecheri Kéjtsitakua

Ofrendas para las animas - Offerings for the souls originates from the Purepecha community

Deadline to send entries: August 26, 2016
Selected artists will be notified by Wed. August 31, 2016
Sept. 13-Sept. 30, 2016: Installation time frame
October 01, 2016: Soft opening (no reception but open to the public)
November 2, 2016: Celebration (formal reception)
Sat. November 19, 2016: Exhibition ends

For more information, click here

DDM 2015

"Dia de los Muertos / Day of The Dead"
29th Annual Exhibition

“The Bones of Our Ancestors":
Endurance and Survival Beyond Serra’s Mission(s)

MCCLA main gallery 2nd floor. Gallery hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm.
$2 Exhibit: October 16 - November 20, 2015

MCCLA Day of The Dead 2015 This exhibition reinterprets the theme of Dia de los Muertos to memorialize the endurance and survival of Indigenous Peoples and protest the recent canonization of Junipero Serra by Pope Francis of the Catholic Church.

Curators Celia Herrera Rodriguez (artist) and Theresa Harlan have selected 15 artists to create bold works to present an indigenous (i.e., Native American) response to the aftermath of Serra’s mission building and to call attention to the continued persistence of indigenous peoples across the Americas. The exhibition spans photography, installations, animation, painting, prints, and a mural.

Artists: Dugan Aguilar, Jesús Barraza, Melanie Cervantes, Juan Fuentes, Tricia Jameson-Rainwater, Jean LaMarr, John J. Leaños, L. Frank Manriquez, Cherrie L. Moraga, Celia Herrera Rodriguez, Jessica Sabogal, Kanyon Sayers-Roods, Alicia Bernal Siu, Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie, and Fan Warren.

Also, MCCLA is proud to announce that in honor of Day of the Dead we will screen the trailer for the documentary Searching for Posada--ART and Revolutions, by award winning director Victor Mancilla, plus two short clips from the director's new Dia de los Muertos film currently in production.

The full film, Searching for Posada--ART and Revolutions will screen on Friday November 20. Director, Victor Mancilla and film producers Jim Nikas and Maryanne Brady are scheduled to appear for Questions and Answers at the November 20 screening.


DAY OF THE DEAD TOURS (by appointment) 10/20 - 11/18

::: NOV 18 - WEDNESDAY :::
10th ANNUAL MOLE TASTING CONTEST / $10 General Admission | $7 plate of food / Gallery

::: NOV 20 - FRIDAY :::
SEARCHING FOR POSADA ¬¬ ART AND REVOLUTION(s) Film Presentation with Q&A / $10

Description of the Movie: Art and Revolution(s) is the untold story of Posada shot on location in Mexico. For the first time the fascinating story of Mexico’s famed artist¬printer Jose Guadalupe Posada is revealed. From his work over 100 years ago springs an unbelievable sphere of influence and inspiration touching and connecting events like the Mexican Revolution, artists fighting the Nazis and Fascism, Lucha Libre, the Cuban Revolution, the Grateful Dead, Day of the Dead, Chicana/o art and the images of today’s social movements. Directed by Victor Mancilla, Executive Producers Jim NIkas & Maryanne Brady

MCCLA 29na Exposición del Día de los Muertos
Day of the Dead
"Los huesos de nuestros antepasados: la resistencia y supervivencia más allá de las Misiones de Serra"

Galería principal, 2do piso MCCLA. Horario: de martes a sábado de 10am a 5pm.
$2 Exposición: del 16 de Octubre al 20 de noviembre, 2015

Esta exposición reinterpreta el tema del Día de los Muertos en memoria de la resistencia y la supervivencia de los pueblos indígenas y protesta por la reciente canonización de Junípero Serra por el Papa Francisco de la Iglesia Católica. Curadores Celia Herrera Rodríguez (artista) y Theresa Harlan han seleccionado 15 artistas para crear obras audaces para presentar un indígena (es decir, nativos americanos) como respuesta a las consecuencias de la construcción de la misión de Serra y llamar la atención sobre la persistencia continuada de los pueblos indígenas en las Américas . La exposición abarca la fotografía, instalaciones, animación, pintura, grabados, y un mural.

Artistas: Dugan Aguilar, Jesús Barraza, Melanie Cervantes, Juan Fuentes, Tricia Jameson-Rainwater, Jean LaMarr, John J. Leaños, L. Frank Manriquez, Cherrie L. Moraga, Celia Herrera Rodriguez, Jessica Sabogal, Kanyon Sayers-Roods, Alicia Bernal Siu, Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie, y Fan Warren.

Inauguración: 2 de Noviembre / 6 pm - 11pm - $ 10
Se proporcionará chocolate caliente gratuito y pan de muerto.


MCCLA Day of The Dead 2015

Register here:

Tienes una receta de Mole que trae a todos chupandose los dedos? Entonces, TE NECESITAMOS!
MCCLA esta busacando por cocineros de Mole para la Décima Competencia anual de Mole!

Aquí es como funciona:
1) Registrate online ó en la taquilla del MCCLA y/o recepción. No más tarde del 11/16/15. Registración $7.
2) Cocina tu salsa de Mole en casa. Ve las instrucciones en la forma de registración.
3) Trae tus propias cucharas para servir. MCCLA proveéra copas, servilletas, y platos.
Evento es el Miércoles, 18 de Noviembre de 7-10pm Premios en efectivo, DJs, and Presentaciones Especiales por anunciar.


Do you have a Mole recipe that brings everyone to their knees?! If so, WE NEED YOU!
MCCLA is looking for Mole chefs for the 12th Annual Mole Tasting Contest!

This is how it works:
1) Register online or at MCCLA box office and/or reception no later than 11/16/15. Entry fee $7
2) Cook your Mole sauce at home. See instructions on the registration.
3) Bring sauce in a crockpot to the MCCLA by 4:30pm on Wednesday, November 18th.
3) Bring your own serving spoons. MCCLA will provide tasting cups, napkins, and plates.
Event is on Wednesday, November 18 form 7-10pm Cash Prizes, DJs, and Special Performacnes TBA.



Exhibition: “RECREA, RENUEVA, REUSA: Un Ciclo Infinito”
“Recreate, Renew, Reuse: An infinite Cycle”
27th Annual “Day of the Dead” Exhibition
Curator: Demetrio Barrita | Curriculum
October 11 – November 14, 2014
Altars Installations: October 11, 2014
Contact: gallery@missionculturalcenter.org


About the theme: The path of all beings does not have a beginning or an end. Instead each of us follows a cycle that renovates itself effortlessly. We may say we are recycled material from our parents, grandparents, great grandparents, and fore-bearers, which in turn are manifestations of our more distant ancestors. “Recrea, Renueva, Reusa: Un Ciclo Infinito” is a loop of existence that recycles itself. For our 2014 Day of the Dead exhibition MCCLA wants to explore the themes of Recreate (Recrea), Renew (Renueva), and Reuse (Reusa) as unavoidable cycles in our lives.

Sindy Escoto

Sindy Escoto | Sueños

I consider my installation to be a contemporary/ conceptual artwork that depicts the critical sociopolitical issue of child migration. The butterflies are made from clippings of newspaper reports of migrant children who have died or disappeared on their journey to the United States from Mexico and Central America.

Ximena Soza

Ximena Soza | Children Like my Children

This ofrenda is dedicated to the more than 500 Palestinian children that were killed during the months of July 2014 and August 2014.

Cristian Muñoz

Cristian Muñoz | To Street Resistance

This ofrenda is dedicated to the people that died in the streets of Chile during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, especially to those that used walls to denounce the daily horrors lived during that time.

Adriana Camarena, Ivonne Iriondo, and Erin Mc Elroy

Adriana Camarena, Ivonne Iriondo, and Erin Mc Elroy Unaccounted Murders

Unaccounted Murders honors the victims of police shootings in San Francisco since 1939

Ginger L. Godines, Maria Medina Serafin

Ginger L. Godines, Maria Medina Serafin | Chata Gutierrez

Chata Gurierrez spent much of her time at the San Francisco radio station K.P.O.O. 89.5FM. There she consistently programmed and produced the award-winning salsa music program, "En Clave" for over 40 years!

Flor Aieysha Khan

Flor Aieysha Khan | Cuerpo Sin Alma

Every inch of the sculpture is covered in receipts of purchases that come to a grand total of nearly 20,000 dollars’ worth of consumer goods.  This altarpiece serves as an exploration and asks us to question: To what degree do we become what we consume?

Nick Mancillas

Nick Mancillas | Cycles and Recycling

The Aztec hairless dog named Xolotlzuintli plays an important role in the transition of death to rebirth. After death, it is believed that Xolotlzuintli will guide you for seven years until your ultimate rebirth. This sculpture was made of newspapers.

Sergio Martinez & Danny Ayala

Sergio Martinez & Danny Ayala | Piano Altar

This piano altar is tribute to my grandfather who used piano as the medium to express his love for tango. We decided that the whole piece must be made out of materials found on streets and flea markets all over Oakland, CA in order to recreate and in some way recover the poetry and beauty of those forgotten notes.

Sue Mathews

Sue Mathews | The Spirits of Agramonte and Perico

In the towns of Perico and Agramonte, Provincia de Matanzas, Cuba spirit altars and shrines have been maintained since the transatlantic slave trade.


Gabriel Mendoza Rodriguez & Flor Crisostomo

Gabriel Mendoza Rodriguez & Flor Crisostomo | Vivos se los llevaron, Vivos los queremos!!!

In memory of all the students that are missing, that were tortured, and were massacred by the Mexican Government in the following two Incidents: Oct. 2, 1968 known as The night of Tlatelolco, Mexico. Sept. 26-Sept.27, 2014 at Iguala, Guerrero. Mexico.

Ashley Jane Tomajan

Ashley Jane Tomajan | Recycling the American Dream

This piece is a historical retrospective where one side tells the story of the Armenian ethnic cleansing endured by my maternal kin, and the other side illustrates the account of my maternal ancestors during Volga German genocide.


Demetrio Barrita

Demetrio Barrita | Nuevo Mictlan. Reciclando la Vida

The historical heritage concerning our presence in this life leads us to believe that we are part of an infinite loop. Now we call it recycling taking hold of the past we face our present to leave traces in the future. Many participated in the process of realizing this altar. The work was ardous 57 children and 52 adults worked for approximately 469 hours. People proud their past, remembering where they came from and that the challenge is now in this place and at this time.

Adrián Arias

Adrián Arias| Pepe dreaming

Altar-installation honoring the memory of Argentinian visual artist-provocateur Pepe Ozan. One of the most influencial artists in the installations at Burning Man in the past two decades.


Mole To Die For


Wednesday, November 19 / 6:30 - 10:00pm / $7 / 2nd Floor Gallery

La historia del mole se remota a la época pre-Colombina y hay varias versiones sobre el origen del mole como lo conocemos actualmente. Se narra que los aztecas preparaban para los grandes señores un platillo complejo llamado “mulli,” que signifca potaje o mezcla. Otra de las historias ubica al mole poblano en el convento de Santa Rosa en la ciudad de Puebla (Mexico) cuando una monja molió diferentes chiles y otros condimentos juntos en un metate. Otra version cuenta que el mole se complementa con especies traidos por los Españoles, quienes transformaron la fusion del mole. Como vez, el mole tiene una historia de ser el plato mas apreciado por la nobleza, representa una de las muchas riquezas que los indíguenas han aportado al mundo, y simboliza la interconección entre dos culturas.

Los Interesados en participar descarguen la ficha de inscripción aquí

The history of the mole goes back to the pre-Columbian era and there are several versions of its origen as we know it today. It is said that the Aztecs prepared for the great lords a complex dish called "mulli," meaning porridge or mixture. Another story places the mole poblano in the Convent of Santa Rosa in Puebla (Mexico) when a nun grounded together various chilies and other seasonings in a metate. Another version says that Spaniards brought different condiments to the natives, who then used them to transform the fusion of the mole. As you can see, there are many histories of the mole, but it is clear that the Mole is a special dish for the nobility, it represents one of the greatest gifts that indigenous people have contributed to the world, and symbolizes the interconnection between two cultures.

If you are interested in participating download the entry form here

Contact info:

E-mail: gallery@missionculturalcenter.org
In person: Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts Gallery, 2nd floor,
2868 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

Curator: Demetrio

DDM 2013


Pre-Hispanic Altar:
Transmutation and Life Forces Energy - Margarita Camarena

Colonial Altar:
Lagrimas por Mis Hijos - Yo Soy 132 Bay Area
Jose Cruz and Monica Flores (lead artists)

Contemporary Altar:
Discolandia – Anita de Lucio

Best Representation of the Theme:
Madzillion – Luis Vasquez Gomez
Mission 2.0 – Linette Morales and Claudia Arenas.

Day of the Dead Decorating Cake Winner:
“La Llorona” by Maribel Garcia

Sugar Skull Winner: “La Llorona” – by Evangelina Portillo

Honorable Mention:
Day of the Dead Decorated Cake by Rosa – Sweets Collections

Weeping for the life and death of the Mission District
Altar Installations | curated by: Martina Ayala | OCTOBER 16 - NOVEMBER 23, 2013 Reception: Saturday, November 2, 2013. 6:00 - 11:00 pm $5
This year’s exhibit will create an inclusive and celebratory space for artists and community members to reflect and mourn on the death of “La Mission” we used to know and experience, as well as the renewal and current changes that the local community is facing.

October 16 - November 22
Tuesday to Friday: 10:30am-4:30pm
Saturdays: 10:30am-1:30pm
School groups of #25 = $40 (1/2 hour tour)
For reservations contact Lilly: 415-821-1155 reception@MissionCulturalCenter.org


Cake Decorating

Cake Decorating Contest

DDM 2012


Exhibition dates: October 20 - November 17, 2012
Exhibition design: Maurizzio Hector Pineda
Gala reception November 2, 2012

The Day of the Dead is a rich and vibrant celebration within the Latino community and MCCLA has a long history of calling upon the dead in the months of October and November. This year’s exhibition title is Death on the installment plan / Muerte en el plan de pagos.

MCCLA is proud to announce the winners of our MOLE TO DIE FOR, 8th version:

Peoples choice

1st Homemade Mole $100: Dena Cornett
2nd Homemade Mole $ 75: Rosa López
3rd Homemade Mole $ 50: Israel Escudero
Honorable mention: Alfonso Ochoa family


1st Price: Francisco Hernandez (El Metate, con Sabor a Mexico)

DDM 2011

Through a visual journey of folkloric and contemporary altars, Death in Parallel examines el acompañimiento, the accompaniment of the dead in our everyday lives. A whisper, a fleeting shadow lets us know they are here with us. Other signals are close at hand, but how open are we to acknowledging the presence of our ancestors? Death in Parallel explores this relationship, which eyes open or closed, remains an intimate one. With the creative presentation of stories, photos, home video and personal artifacts, MCCLA continues our participation in a rich and vibrant tradition within our Latino community to call upon the dead as we remember and honor our loved ones.

A través de un viaje visual de altares contemporáneos y folklóricos, "Muerte Paralela" investiga la presencia de los muertos en nuestra vida cotidiana. Un susurro, una destello fugaz nos indica que están con nosotros. Hay otras señales cercanas, pero ¿qué tan abiertos estamos para reconocer la presencia de nuestros antepasados? "Muerte Paralela" explora esta relación, que con ojos abiertos o cerrados, se mantiene íntima. Con la presentación creativa de cuentos, fotos, videos caseros y objetos personales, el MCCLA da continuidad a su participación en una tradición vibrante en la comunidad latina de convocar a los muertos mientras recordamos y honramos nuestros queridos antepasados.

The celebration includes a sugar skull demonstration, Danza Azteca, Mixtizo performance in the Theater, Pan de Muerto y chocolate, mask making, and more.

Inti Raymi Project Gallery

LAPIZTOLA, a Oaxacan based artists collective, will create a site-specific installation
in the gallery. It will consist of stencil and video works. Lapiztola artists will be in
residence from October 11 – 28.

Main Gallery, ALTAR ARTISTS:

Jennifer Beach and Susan Prentice, Rocio Miller,
Carlos Juan Castillo, Hector Zavala, Nelly Reyes, Nina Reyes Rosenberg, Mara Lea
Brown, Victor Carrillo, Vanessa M. Mosqueda, Olivia Muñoz and Margarita Muñoz, Paul E.
Zinser and John Skwiot, Carlos Martinez, Robert Marosi Bustamante, and Fernando Marti, Melody Rodriguez, Alfonso Ochoa, Herminia Albarrán Romero.

celebrates Latino culture in its fourth
annual Día de los Muertos community
concert, conducted by SFS Resident
Conductor Donato Cabrera with guest
soloist Mexican tenor David Lomelí
performing “Besáme Mucho”, “Granada”
and other beloved Latin American favorites.

Come at 1pm for pre-concert entertainment
and art in the Davies Symphony Hall
lobbies, including Mexico-based artists
from Lapiztola in collaboration with the
Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts.
For more information about Dia de los
Muertos @ the SF Symphony click below.


MCCLA thanks all our "MOLE TO DIE FOR / MOLE PARA MORIRSE" participants and contestants.

And the winners are (...drum roll please!):

Professional Chefs:
First Place / Francisco Baca (Regalito Rosticería)
Second Place / Johnny J. Marenco (Panchita's 3)
Third Place / Albert Suazo and Erin Brooks (Tropisueño)

Homemade Chefs:
First Place / Marta Gladys de Ochoa
Second Place / Dena Cornett
Third Place / Israel Escuidero

Honorable Mention
Gerard Dolores
Thanks to the judges, the MCCLA staff and volunteers. Click the left image to see the MOLE video-clip.

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