Altar de Muertos Open House

Sunday, November 01,

2009 from 11:00 to 4:00pm

2829 16TH Street, NW, Washington,

D.C. 20009

Celebrating the Day of

the Dead

Join us for the opening

of the traditional Altar de Muertos, designed by Mexican artist Humberto

Spíndola . Inspired by the baroque altar piece of the 17th century church in Tlacochahuaya, Oaxaca,

the altar will be dedicated to Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, the

seventeenth-century nun whose poems constitute one of the great literary works

of the baroque era.  The altar will be open at the Institute through

November.

 PROGRAM: 11:00

AM OPENING OF THE ALTAR

11:30 AM MOVIE

PRESENTATION

LA LEYENDA DE LA NAHUALA

/ THE LEGEND OF THE NAHUALA (G)

Ricardo Arnaiz, 2007, Mexico, 86 min.

(SPANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES)

It’s the

Day of the Dead in Mexico

and Nando is captured by the Nahuala, an evil ancient spirit. Leo, his coward

brother, will have to face his biggest fears if he wants to save Nando.A scary adventure for the whole family!

2:30 PM LECTURE

ART AND TRADITION:THE AESTHETICS

OF THE ALTAR DE MUERTOS

By Mexican artist

Humberto Spíndola

Humberto Spíndola is an

artist who has worked in the Mexican folk art tradition of cut-paper since the

1980’s.  His mastery on paper and his ability to create bridges

between traditional art, which can be traced back to pre-Hispanic

civilizations, and contemporary art opened spaces to exhibits in

Mexico, Paris, Helsinki, Lille, Bilbao, and San Diego, Argentina and, now,

in Washington DC.  His work is part of the numerous private collections as

well as British Museum

in London.

THE ALTAR WILL BE OPEN UNTIL NOVEMBER

28, 2009.

Hours: Monday — Friday 10:00am –

6:00pm | Saturday: 11:00am – 4:00pm

Location: Mexican Cultural Institute2829 16th Street, NW | Washington, D.C.

Blocks from Columbia Metro Station (Map location)Free entrance | Sunday Street parking available  More information …

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