46th annual Día de los Muertos celebration & exhibition



come for the art, Altars, live performances, our latinx muertito marketplace, family-friendly Workshops & Facepainting!

¡Venga por el arte, los altares, las presentaciones en vivo, nuestro mercado de latinx muertito, talleres para la familia y PINTURA DE LA CARA!

Since 1973, Self Help Graphics & Art (SHG) has led one of the most renown Día de los Muertos cultural events in Los Angeles — noted as one of the oldest Day of the Dead public commemorations in the nation! Our program is unique in that it provides the community with a season of activities throughout the Fall, including workshops and an exhibition in our gallery. We do this to honor our ancestors, in the rich tradition of the ofrenda, to celebrate their lives and share these ancient traditions with our community as we prepare for Día de los Muertos on November 2nd.


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Día de los Muertos Exhibition
at Self Help Graphics & Art
1300 E. 1st St. LA, CA. 90033 (Boyle Heights)


thank you to our DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS 2018 sponsors!


Community día de los muertos
Art Workshops

Noche de Ofrenda
@ Grand Park

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DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS Exhibition 2018



7:00 - 10:00 PM 

The exhibition in 2018 was curated by SHG Artist-In-Residence and our 45th Annual Commemorative Print Artist, Dewey Tafoya. Participating artists explored life happenings that make us who we are in joy or trauma, thus how we remember these situations and how we survive them, as expressed through one-of-a-kind art. Featured artists include Ami Montevalli, Jennifer Gutierrez-Morgan, Jose Sotelo, Nery Gabriel Lemus, Dalila Paola-Mendez, Michael Alvarez, Nani Chacon, Zeke Pena, Noni Olabisi, Cruz Ortiz, Miyo Stevens-Gandara, and National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellow, Ofelia Esparza. FREE and family friendly. Complimentary brews by Border x Brewing.


Día de los Muertos 2017

A Cultural Legacy, Past, Present & Future

PST: la/la Exhibition CATALOG


Last year’s annual Día de los Muertos exhibition, Curated by Artist Linda Vallejo, was part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: Los Angeles/Latin America initiative. Titled A Cultural Legacy: Past, Present and Future, the exhibition explored the evolution of the celebration in Los Angeles and the foundational transnational dialogue between the Chicano/Latino community and Mexico that continues to shape the tradition celebrated on both sides of the border. SHG stepped away from the cultural appropriation that has repackaged this tradition to examine its Mexican roots presenting a future-focused exhibition supported by educational programming including lectures, artist panel discussion, family-friendly tours, and a catalog.

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is an integral part of the cultural and artistic landscape of Los Angeles. Today’s interpretation of the sacred indigenous tradition has been remixed and recycled into a commercial holiday blending Mexican, Latino, and American pop culture iconography with the spiritual aesthetics of the event’s indigenous and Catholic influences. Through this exhibition, SHG traced the evolution of Día de los Muertos in Los Angeles and beyond through the exhibition and a publication documenting our four-decade history of art, ritual, and celebration. Since 1972, when SHG organized its first public ritual for Día de los Muertos, its annual commemoration. Día de los Muertos, A Cultural Legacy: Past, Present, and Future included historical prints, photographs, and ephemera representing each decade of SHG’s commemorations, as well as commissioned altars from artists Ofelia Esparza (Los Angeles), Gerardo “Acamonchi” Yépiz (Tijuana), and Marcus Kuiland-Nazario (Los Angeles).



Ready to help? Volunteers are a crucial component to SHG's year-round programming, including Día de los Muertos season. We have multiple opportunities for volunteers to donate their time to the event.