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A Devotional Legacy: Día de los Muertos 1972-1995
10/10/1995 - 11/4/1995
A retrospective of Day of the Dead exhibitions. Artists featured in the exhibition included Juana Alicia, Carlo Magno, Chuy Campusano, Kate Connell, Cristina Emmanuel, Liticia Fernandez, Robert Garcia, Louie 'the Foot' Gonzalez, Xochitl N. Guerrero, Jose R. Lerma de Hiroshima, Miguel Linares, Macquitl, Emmanuel Montoya, Pay Patlan, Irene Perez, Jose Guadalupe Posada, Nahum Zenil
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A Devotional Legacy: Día de los Muertos 1972-1995

Curatorial Statement

While it is true that the observance of Dia de los Muertos came to the United States with immigrants to this country who maintained their cultural practices, it was not until the late 1960s and 70s that it gained greater visibility – especially among the Chicano Movement. Through a historical reclamation process that included pre-columbian thought, and Mexican folk expressions, Dia de los Muertos served to reconnect Chicanos to their indigenous presence on this continent and to more culturally meaningful spiritual tradition.

The Galeria de la Raza’s observance of Dia de los Muertos began in 1972 with an exhibition and later expanded to include a community a procession. The exhibition also introduced the ofrenda (altar) to the art world. The impact of this first exhibition was immediately felt by the Mission District. The processions were well attended by residents and the exhibitions have become an annual stop for many San Francisco schools. Soon thereafter, other communities initiated their own Dia de los Muertos activities, including Los Angels and Sacramento in California and eventually, across the nation.
A Devotional Legacy: 1972-1995 is a group exhibition featuring artwork and artists who have participated in Dia de los Muertos exhibits. Though by no means a comprehensive survey of all the artists who have exhibited over the last 23 years, it provides a range of work that is representative – from the more serious and heartfelt tributes to deceased loved ones (Perez, Campusano, Emmanuel)’ to very humorous and satirical commentaries (Montoya, Connell, J.Alicia). The traditional altar continues to serve as a reminder of the devotional source from which all the artist have draw their inspiration. Based on memory and reclamation, this exhibition is a means of reconnecting to our loved ones and to our communities.

Tere Romo