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Lecture: Precolumbian Roots of the Days of the Dead

  • Self Help Graphics & Art 1300 East 1st Street Los Angeles, CA, 90033 United States (map)

Join Dr. Betty Ann Brown, co-curator of Día de los Muertos: A Cultural Legacy, Past, Present and Future for a presentation on the indigenous and catholic roots of Day of the Dead and the way it has transformed into what we know today. From the origins to the evolution of depictions of the celebration in art and popular culture, Dr. Brown will give a window into the cultural and spiritual fusion that is the foundation of this now worldwide practice. 

Betty Ann Brown is an art historian, critic, and curator. She has a Ph.D. in the History of Art and teaches at Cal State Northridge and Pasadena City College. Trained in Ancient Latin American art history, with focus on Aztec art, she now works with contemporary art as well.

Brown has curated several major exhibitions, including retrospectives for Hans Burkhardt, Roland Reiss, Linda Vallejo, June Wayne, and John White; and themed exhibitions addressing alternative families, community, and environmental issues. She is currently working on an exhibition of artist families for the Museum of Art & History in Lancaster, CA.