In celebration of Día de los Muertos, days of celebration of the lives of deceased loved ones widely observed in Mexico, FWMoA presents a private collection of work inspired by the Days of the Dead. For centuries, artists have drawn from the rich imagery and symbolism rooted in indigenous Aztec traditions as well as the symbolism of Christianity and Catholicism of the Spanish conquistadors.
On the holiday it is believed that the gates of heaven open, allowing for the souls of departed loved ones to descend and reunite with their loved ones still on earth for 24 hours. As a result, imagery surrounding Día de los Muertos is full of life, color, and movement as participants celebrate the lives of those they have lost.
The artwork featured in this exhibition are from the extensive collection of Dr. Gilberto Cardeñas, representing the finest work from the history of Latino art. Los Vivos y Los Muertos captures the history and energy of Dia de los Muertos as traditional imagery bursts forth in an exciting array of color as the ongoing narrative of the holiday is captured in printmaking, quilting, and sculpture.