Día de los Muertos: A Cultural Legacy, Past, Present and Future Catalogue

Día de los Muertos: A Cultural Legacy, Past, Present and Future Catalogue

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Día de los Muertos: A Cultural Legacy, Past, Present and Future

By Betty Ann Brown, Marietta Bernstorff, Karen Mary Davalos, and Rose Salseda

Introduction by Linda Vallejo

Edited by Mary Thomas 

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    Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) has become an entire season of celebration spanning Southern California. Beginning as early as August through November, festivals, pop-ups, and altars or ofrendas are created in diverse community based organizations, public spaces, schools, and ticketed venues. 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 Día de los Muertos’ indigenous and Catholic influences.

    Día de los Muertos: A Cultural Legacy, Past, Present and Future gives context for the celebration at Self Help Graphics & Art, its origins and evolution into the iconic program we know in Los Angeles today. The catalogue includes four essays that dive into a deep history of the celebration’s roots, the innovation of Self Help Graphics & Art artists, the ongoing cultural exchange between the United States and Mexico and the importance of Self Help Graphics & Art community-based workshops and programming.  Object images include seminal Día de los Muertos prints throughout the organization’s four-decade history, photographs, and ephemera. 

    • 76 pages
    • Full color throughout
    • 63 images
    • 11" x 8.5"
    • Available September 2017 online or onsite
    • Pre-order starting August 17