Latinos Organizing for Understanding and Development (LOUD) and Common Wealth Development will host a Dia de Los Muertos art exhibition and altar presentation at the Common Wealth Gallery, 100 South Baldwin St., on Friday, Nov. 3.
Dia de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a traditional Mexican holiday that celebrates and honors the lives of loved ones who have passed away. According to a press release from LOUD, organizers aim to “showcase the rich cultural heritage of the Latinx community through this art exhibition and altar presentation, providing a platform for artists to express their creativity and pay homage to their ancestors.”
LOUD (Latinos Organizing for Understanding and Development) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the social, economic, and political well-being of the Latinx community in Madison.
The event will feature diverse artwork that will include paintings, sculptures, photographs, and mixed media pieces, all inspired by the themes of life, death, and remembrance. Attendees will be able to immerse themselves in the vibrant colors, intricate designs, and symbolic representations synonymous with Dia de Los Muertos.
Also on Nov. 3, Common Wealth Development will host a MMOCA gallery night event, providing an opportunity for the community to engage with the art and artists featured in the Dia de Los Muertos exhibition. This event will offer a unique and immersive experience, allowing attendees to explore the cultural significance of Dia de Los Muertos through various artistic mediums.
“We are thrilled to present this Dia de Los Muertos art exhibition and altar presentation,” said Oscar Mireles, founder and director of LOUD, in a statement. “This event not only celebrates our rich cultural heritage but also provides a space for reflection, remembrance, and community engagement. We invite everyone to join us in honoring our ancestors and experiencing the beauty and depth of Dia de Los Muertos.”