October 1 to November 6, 2011
Longmont’s annual Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)celebration is the Longmont Museum’s signature event and the largest Day of the Dead celebration in Colorado, attracting more than 5,000 people to the exhibit, family event, and related programming. Entering its 11th year, the celebration demonstrates how a diverse community can come together to share a common identity – honoring our ancestors and keeping their memories alive. This year's exhibition features Community Altars and art by Zarco Guerrero and Laurie Beth Zuckerman
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A key part of the celebration is preparing an altar, where photographs, favorite foods, and personal mementos of deceased loved ones are arranged. Altars often are displayed in the home and at the cemetery. Skeletons and skulls made of sugar, bread, ceramics or papier-mâché provide final touches. Neither expense nor effort is spared.
Arizona artist and playwright Zarco Guerrero is nationally renowned for his hand-carved wood and fiberglass calacas, or skull masks. His work has been the subject of the PBS documentary The Mask of El Zarco and his play La Mascarada de la Vida has been performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington. Zarco and his wife Carmen Guerrero will present two programs at the Museum. Program information.
Laurie Beth Zuckerman
Colorado artist Laurie Beth Zuckerman creates large-scale altar installations using hundreds of recuerdos, vintage Mexican souvenirs that she has collected. Her work has been shown at the Loveland Museum and the Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art. This is her first year participating in the Longmont Museum's celebration. She will build her altar in the gallery as Altarmaker-in-Residence on October 1, 2, and 7, and also present a lecture on October 12. Program information.