Tunic, Peru, The Textile Museum 91.341

Film: "Artbound, 'Dia de Los Muertos / Day of the Dead'"

Ofelia Esparza, featured artist

Día de los Muertos has been adapted for centuries from its pre-colonial roots to the popular depictions in mass media today. Inspired by rich Oaxacan traditions, it was brought to east Los Angeles in the 1970s as a way to enrich and reclaim Chicano identity through a small celebration at Self Help Graphics and Art. Since then, the celebration has grown in proportions, with renditions enacted in communities all around the world. In contrast to the glamorous fanfare Dia de los Muertos now receives, Artbound offers a more intimate look at this ritual through the story of artist Ofelia Esparza, who continues the tradition of building altars to remember the dead. Journey with Esparza as she travels back to Mexico in search of her ancestral roots. (KCET and BCurious Productions, 2019, 60 minutes.)

Ofelia Esparza will join us for a question-and-answer session after the screening.

This program is part of the museum's weekly Textiles at Twelve series, which explores textile arts and global cultures through films, lectures, gallery talks, and more. Free; no reservations required.