Lawndale Art Center
4912 Main Street
Houston, TX 77002
10:00 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013
Lawndale Art Center is pleased to present its 26th Annual Día de los Muertos events October 21 - November 9, 2013, a celebration of the art, music and folklife of Mexico.For over twenty years Lawndale has presented an annual open call, non-juried exhibition that celebrates the Mexican tradition of Día de los Muertos in a contemporary context. This program supports area artists and students by offering them an opportunity to show their works to diverse audiences in a museum quality setting.Over the years additional programming has been developed to educate audiences and encourage dialogue in celebration of Mexican-American heritage in our region. Día de los Muertos programs and exhibitions at Lawndale Art Center promote cultural awareness of Mexican folk art practices associated with this celebration of family, life and community.Retablo & Student Exhibitions
October 21 - November 9, 2013In 1988, Lawndale Art Center presented its first annual Día de los Muertos exhibition of retablos: small art works inspired by the traditional Latin American devotional art form of the same name. It is now one of Lawndale’s most popular programs that reaches out to communities across the region.Lawndale invites artists and the public to create contemporary interpretations of retablos on 8” x 10” pieces of sheet metal. These retablos are then sold at the gala to benefit both Lawndale and the artists. Many well-known Houston and nationally known artists participate; the exhibition attracts a large audience and the gala is one of the most fun parties in Houston! Día de los Muertos is Lawndale’s only open-call, non-juried exhibition. The retablo silent auction is our single largest fundraising event of the year.Lawndale encourages teachers to educate their students about important aspects of Mexican culture and their related art practices and offers schools the opportunity to display their work in our Cavnar and Horton galleries. In past years, students have submitted projects such as sugar skulls, papel picado, papier mache skeletons, retablos, altars and other large-scale installations. Work by Houston area schools will be on view in the Horton and Cavnar Galleries.Community Ofrenda
October 21 – November 9, 2013Starting October 21, guests are encouraged to bring a personal item of remembrance to add to our community altar honoring departed loved ones.