For 30 years, the National Museum of Mexican Art has shared the traditions of Día de los Muertos with the entire Chicago community. In recent years, Día de los Muertos has become a large part of our national popular and visual culture. Crations like those at the NMMA have helped to bring such light to this rich and life-affirming Mexican holiday and practice.
This year's exhibit, Journey of the Soul, is curated by Cesáreo Moreno. It seeks to "showcase the indigenous roots and rituals involved in the spiritual tradition." At the same time, the NMMA reflects on contemporary events. The exhibit is dedicated to the victims of the Pulse Massacre in Orlando, as well as sugar-skull craftsman Alejandro Mondragón.
Offrendas and other contemporary and traditional artworks from 50 Mexican and Mexican-American artists will be displayed. It is the largest Día de los Muertos exhibit in the US.