Deadline for entries: August 3
Selected artists notified: August 15
Installation: September 18 to October 6
The Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts is honored to host its 32nd annual Day of the Dead, “Flight of the Ancestors,” “El Vuelo de los Ancestros”. Flight of the Ancestors is a spiritual journey inspired by butterflies, their lives, migrations, and mythology with death.
El Vuelo de los Ancestros is dedicated to Rene Yañez. In remembrance, we summon Rene’s spirit to guide us on towards our own ancestral journey into the cosmos, lighted by his love of the arts. Rene Yañez, thank you for all that you gave us in this lifetime.
MCCLA is encouraging artists to explore the lives and symbolism of butterflies to remember a loved one or cause. MCCLA accepts traditional altars, contemporary installations, paintings, film, new media, photography, written work/ poetry, and music.
Soft opening: October 9
Celebration: November 2
Exhibit dates: October 9 to November 17
Work retrieval: November 27 to November 30
Soft Opening: Tues October 10, 2017
Runs through Nov 17, 2017
2nd Floor Galleries • $2
Tues to Sat • 10am to 5pm
MCCLA invites you to experience interactive installations for The Day of the Dead 2017. In this exhibition, there is an opportunity to impact the senses along with the mind through a journey of a special place where legends, images, textures, aromas, and colors promise an intimate participation of tradition in this celebration.
Come and enjoy the "Monumental Altar" of Huaquechula Puebla, Mexico; an elaborate altar in collaboration with Manos Creativas, and interact with the altars created in honor of our "Heroes of the Mission" by Adrían Arias.
Celebration: November 2, 2017 • $7 Admission
6:00pm - 6:30pm - Coro Redes y Cantos de Chapala
6:30pm - 7:00pm - Blessing of the altars by Aztec Dancers
7:00pm - 7:30pm - Mariachi Kid - Daniel Ordoñez
8:00pm - 8:30pm - Liz Boubion (Dance Performance)
9:00pm - 9:30pm - Chooti-Maa (Raps and songs)
9:30pm - 11:00pm - Turbo Sonidero (Cumbia)
9:30pm - 11:00pm - Fogo Na Roupa (OUTSIDE)
MCCLA Presents: Manos Creativas
"In Heaven as on Earth"
"Celebrating on Earth the life of those who are already in Heaven..." Day of the Dead 2017
Manos Creativas makes an allegory of tradition as well as the celebration of the Day of the Dead. This tradition has been shared by many Mexicans in different places around the world where they establish their home. Among the most spectacular are the colorful altars of the dead that are filled with elements that symbolize the devotion and love of each one.
Manos Creativas is a group of artists and craftsmen of San Francisco whose main objective is to explore different handcrafting techniques used on Mexican folk art by working with diverse materials, textures, colors, paintbrush strokes, sculpting, and modeling.
This is an autonomous group is made up of: Marco Nava, Jorge Bermeo, Estela Nava, Gabriela Lozano, Manuel Ayala, and Javier Juárez.
Heroes of the Mission:
Interactive Drawings-Altars by Adrián Arias
In memory of five artistic heroes of the Mission district, there are five large interactive altars in the Inti-Raymi gallery.They represent the art advocates of the neighborhood that have left an imprint in poetry, education, journalism, and music.
Above all, they exemplified that anyone can be an artist in the community. In our community here at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts they contributed an important artistic message to the youth that engages in our center on a daily basis.
They are truly missed.
Francisco X. Alarcón, poet (1954-2016)
Michael Roman, visual artist (1956-2016)
MamaCoAtl, singer and poet (1965-2015)
Carlos Ramirez, poet and educator (1938-2013)
Alfonso Texidor, poet and journalist (1938-2013)
Adrian Arias is an American poet and visual artist. He was born in Peru and has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2000. Winner of important prizes in poetry and visual arts in Peru, Argentina, Japan, Macedonia and the US. He has published thirteen books and chapbooks and his poetry and visual art to traveled the world. Adrian is also a cultural promoter and aRtivist.
MCCLA Presenta: Manos Creativas
“En el Cielo como en la Tierra”
“Celebrando en la Tierra, la vida de aquellos que ya están en el Cielo....” Día de Muertos 2017
Manos Creativas hace una alegoría de la tradición y celebración del Día de Muertos. Esta tradición que ha sido llevada y compartida por muchos mexicanos a diferentes lugares al rededor del mundo en donde establecen su hogar, entre lo más espectacular están los coloridos altares de muertos llenos de elementos que simbolizan la devoción y el amor de cada quien.
Presentamos con gusto la recreación de un “Altar Monumental” de Huaquechula Puebla, México; un hermoso y elaborado altar como pieza central de la Expo Día de Muertos 2017 del MCCLA titulada : “En la Tierra como en el Cielo”. En esta exibición existe la oportunidad de impactar literalmete los sentidos y la mente a través de un recorrido por un lugar especial, donde las leyendas, las imágenes, las texturas, los aromas y los colores prometen un acercamiento y una participación más íntimos a la tradición y celebración del Día de Muertos.
Celebremos en la Tierra la vida de aquellos que ya están en el Cielo....
Manos Creativas es un grupo de artistas de San Francisco, con el objetivo de explorar diversas técnicas artesanales de México a través de los materiales, texturas, colores, pinceladas, escultura, etc.
Grupo autónomo conformado por: Marco Nava, Jorge Bermeo, Estela Nava, Gabriela Lozano, Manuel Ayala, y Javier Juárez. Cuyo compromiso es el de recrear, disfrutar y presentar obras diseñadas e inspiradas en la artesanía mexicana. Muchas otras personas colaboran como voluntarios.
October 1 to November 19, 2016
$2 admission • 2nd Floor Galleries
Tues to Sat • 10am to 5pm
Ofrendas para las ánimas (Offerings for the souls) 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.
"Day of the Dead Celebration" 2016
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
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
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.
Entry Deadline: Aug 26 2016
Selected Artists Notified: Wed, Aug 31
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 30th Day of the Dead.
Ánimecheri Kéjtsitakua (Ofrendas para las animas - Offerings for the souls) originates from the Purepecha community.
More important dates:
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
Fri October 16th, 2015
2nd floor galleries • $2
Tues to Sat from 10am to 5pm
Runs through November 20, 2015
"The Bones of Our Ancestors: Endurance and Survival Beyond Serra’s Missions" 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 Events
Day of the Dead Tours (by appointment) 10/20 - 11/18
10th Annual Mole Contest
Wednesday November 18th in the Gallery
$10 General Admission • $7 plate of food
Searching for Posada: Art and Revolutions(s)
Friday November 20th
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
"Los huesos de nuestros antepasados"
La resistencia y supervivencia más allá de las Misiones de Serra
Galería principal, 2do piso MCCLA
De martes a sábado • 10am - 5pm • $2
16 de Octubre - 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
6pm - 11pm • $ 10
Se proporcionará chocolate caliente gratuito y pan de muerto.
Date: October 11 to November 14, 2014
Altar Installations: October 11, 2014
27th Annual “Day of the Dead” Exhibition
Curator: Demetrio Barrita
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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | Unaccounted Murders
Unaccounted Murders honors the victims of police shootings in San Francisco since 1939
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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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| 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.
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