October 27, 2007 · 5:30 PM
El Dia de los Muertos Celebration Honoring the 100th Anniversary of the Life and Death of Master Artist Frida Kahlo This year?s event is dedicated to Mexico?s most important female visual artist of the 20th century, Frida Kahlo (1907 ? 2007). Frida painted a series of self portraits which had no precedent in the history of art. Diego Rivera wrote, ?these paintings exalt the feminine quality of truth, reality, cruelty and suffering. Never before had a woman put such agonized poetry on canvas as Frida.? El Dia de los Muertos, the Mexican Day of the Dead will be celebrated with music and entertainment in downtown Austin on 5th Street, between Congress and Brazos. Festivities will include artists? booths, Ballet folklorico, traditional foods and music. Community altars and ofrendas honoring loved ones that have passed will be set up and on display for the day. Altars are adorned with traditional offerings (candles, fl owers and images of calaveras). Dia de los Muertos Procession & Walk People of all ages dressed in skeleton costumes, families, university groups, portable altars, noise makers, Mariachis, Aztec dancers, colorfully decorated cars and lowriders will gather at Plaza Saltillo and assemble in a joyful procession. The procession is similar to events that occur throughout Mexico. Except for: 100 Fridas in the Annual 24th Día de los Muertos Celebration. CALL 100 FRIDA KAHLO LOOK-ALIKES. The Mexic- Arte Museum is commemorating the 100th anniversary of Frida Kahlo?s birth, 1907-2007. In honor of this famous Mexican painter, 100 Frida look-alikes will be the spotlight in the Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead procession. The fi rst 100 Frida look-alikes to register with Mexic-Arte Museum will receive a Frida Goodie-Bag! All kinds of interpretations are welcome.
Also - Chihuahua dogs will again lead the parade as a symbolic reference to the ancient Aztec belief that a sacred dog lead the departed spirit to the next world. Participation in the procession is absolutely free and allows free admission to the celebration. When: October 27th. Location: 5:00 p.m. ? Assemble at Plaza Saltillo in East Austin. 6:00 p.m. ? Procession travels west on 6th Street to Congress Avenue and ends at Mexic-Arte Museum, 419 Congress. Artists in the Schools Local artists will conduct after-school classes at Metz, Zavala and the UT Elementary School with students creating props for the procession. Students and families are invited to participate in the procession with their creations. When: September ? October 2007 Dia de los Muertos Exhibition Back Gallery - Artworks by Mexican Master Popular Artists using Day of the Dead imagery will be featured in the Museum and are part of the From Revolution to Renaissance - Mexican Art from the Aaron Collection, an important collection of modern Mexican art never exhibited in the United States. The collection focuses on artwork created between the 1890s and the 1950s, a span of time purposefully coeval with the birth (1886) and death (1957) of Diego Rivera. The strength of this exhibition lies in its representation of the various strands of Mexican realism promoted in the post-Revolutionary decades considered by many as the Renaissance of Mexican Art. Day of the Dead artworks will continue until the end of November. Family Guide Mexic-Arte Museum will provide a pamphlet describing the roots and traditions of the Dia de los Muertos celebrations.