History Center Presents Exhibit by Mexican Artist Posada and Annual Dia de los Muertos Family Day this October

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Release dated: 
September 3, 2014
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History Center Presents Exhibit by Mexican Artist Posada and Annual Dia de los Muertos Family Day this October

This October, the Minnesota History Center presents programs that celebrate the many arts and traditions of Mexican culture. In addition to the annual Dia de Los Muertos family day program, an exhibit of reproduction Jose Guadalupe Posada illustrations will be on display all month long, courtesy of the Consulate of Mexico, St. Paul.

Folk DancingDia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead)
Date: Sunday, Oct. 26
Time: noon - 4 p.m.

For Mexican-Americans Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is an important holiday where connections to ancestors are strengthened and a rich cultural heritage is passed on to future generations. This year, the History Center's annual Dia de Los Muertos family day honors this tradition with music and folk dancing, food samples and make-it take-it craft projects.

OfrendasGuests can see puppet presentations by Teatro del Pueblo and take part in printmaking, nichos (miniature dioramas) and clay skull decoration ($1 supply fee). Visitors can also sample traditional hot chocolate and Day of the Dead bread and see beautiful ofrendas (altars) created as tributes to the departed by local students and professional artists. Ofrendas will be on display at the History Center, Oct. 26 through Nov. 2.

Posada's La CatrinaDeath has a Permit: Jose Guadalupe Posada
Date: Wednesday, Oct. 1 - Sunday, Nov. 2
Time: Daily during regular hours. Tuesday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (FREE admission 5 to 8 p.m.); Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday noon to 5 p.m.

Mexican artist, illustrator and engraver Jose Guadalupe Posada (1852-1913) is famous for his religious and political satires of Mexican society. View some of his works in the exhibit, "La Muerte Tiene Permiso" (Death Has a Permit) on view Oct. 1 through Nov. 2. The exhibit features 38 reproduction prints.

Born of humble origins in the city of Aguascalientes, Posada completed an estimated 15,000 different ephemeral prints that documented just about every facet of Mexican life. Posada depicted outlaws, fugitives, demons, lovers, politicians, matadors, as well as the indelible images of his calaveras (animated and well dressed skulls or skeletons) which were meant to satirize the life of the upper classes. These now iconic images have become associated with the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead. This display is presented courtesy of the Consulate of Mexico, St. Paul.

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