Museum of the Americas commemorates El Dia de los Muertos with an exhibit which traces beliefs and practices of the observance of Day of the Dead in Mexico. It opens Oct. 29 and runs through Dec. 23.
This exhibit features an elaborate ofrenda, or traditional altar, by Fort Worth designer, Cathy Kyle. Also featured is student art from the Monterrey Technological Institute, Toluca, Mexico, and the hilarious Day of the Dead canvas by Mexican artist J. Arrazola, Oaxaca, Mexico, on loan from Ralph Watterson, Fort Worth, TX.
El Dia de los Muertos is celebrated in Mexico in conjunction with All Hallows Eve and All Saints Day in the Catholic calendar. Traditionally, the people believe the souls of the dead, the antepasados, return every year for a twenty-four hour visit. The souls are welcomed into their former homes with gaily decorated altars and offerings of food and gifts. They then return to their resting places in the cemeteries where their graves are adorned with mounds of flowers and candles.
The Museum of the Americas also has on display a collection of Day of the Dead folk art which illustrates the work of individual artisans and traditional styles from across Mexico.
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The Museum is located at 216 Fort Worth Hwy., Weatherford, Texas (across from the Public Market). Open 10—5, Tues.—Fri., and 11—4, Sat.; 817-341-8668; www.museumoftheamericas.com.