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Día de Muertos 1987–2021: How an Annual Exhibition Unites Community and Museum

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Día de Muertos 1987–2021: How an Annual Exhibition Unites Community and Museum

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Friday, October 15
10:00 a.m. PT
Speaker:  Cesáreo Moreno, Chief Curator and Visual Arts Director, National Museum of Mexican Art


The National Museum of Mexican Art (NMMA) in Chicago has organized a Day of the Dead exhibition each year since its founding. Throughout the course of these 35 unique presentations, it has developed and expanded all its best practices and strengthened the bond with its community. The museum has built an unparalleled collection of art objects related to the theme, from pre-Cuauhtémoc artifacts, to folk art, to fine art. The knowledge base acquired on this age-old topic is derived from scholarship and annual visits to the far corners of Mexico to investigate how the holiday manifests in different regions, as well as in the US.

Cesáreo Moreno has been with the NMMA since 1992. He has been the Visual Arts Director since 1995, and was named the museum’s first full-time Chief Curator in 2004. Moreno has curated numerous exhibitions for the NMMA, as well as for the El Paso Museum of Art, Smithsonian Latino Center, and the National Hispanic Cultural Center. His most important assignments at NMMA have included curating The House on Mango Street (2016), A Declaration of Immigration (2008), and The African Presence in México: From Yanga to the Present (2006). Additionally, he has curated fourteen of the annual Day of the Dead exhibitions to date.


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This lecture is presented as a part of the Guest Lecture Series, which focuses on works of art on view in the Museum as well as topics of interest in the broader art world. Lectures are followed by docent-led virtual tours.

Sponsored by The San Diego Museum of Art Docent Council.


Featured: Vincent Valdez, Recuerdo, 1999. Oil on board. Joe Diaz Collection.

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October 15, 2021
10:00 am - 11:00 am
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