In 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. Lawndale invites artists and the public to create contemporary interpretations of retablos on 8" x 10" pieces of sheet metal. The donated retablos are on view throughout Lawndale's Día de los Muertos
programs and are auctioned at the Gala and Retablo Silent Auction. Proceeds from this popular fundraising event support Lawndale's free programming throughout 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-mâché skeletons, retablos, altars and other large-scale installations.
October 20 - November 8, 2014
Starting October 20, guests are encouraged to bring a personal item of remembrance to add to our community altar honoring departed loved ones.
Papel Picado Workshop
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Houston art educator and Lawndale supporter Jean King, will lead a papel picado workshop as part of this year's Día de los Muertos celebration. The workshop is free and open to the public. Visitors will not only learn about the traditional art of Mexican paper cutting from one of the best, but will also get to create and take home their own unique perforated paper creation.
Gala and Retablo Silent Auction
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Artist, Member and Sponsor preview 6 - 7 PM
Gala and Silent Auction 7 - 9 PM
Silent Auction closes at 8:45 PM
Event Chairs: Lane and Bob Schultz
Admission: $65 per person/ $40 for Lawndale Members
Tickets available at the door or in advance via PayPal or by calling 713-528-5858. Please call for Lawndale Member rate.
Preview the exhibition Monday, October 20 - Wednesday, October 22 during normal gallery hours.
Musical & Literary Ofrenda
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
5:30 - 7:30 PM
Performances begin at 6:15 PM
Join us for an evening of celebration and remembrance. During Día de los Muertos, families create ofrendas to remember and honor the memory of their ancestors. A ROCO chamber group and Musiqa composers will present short original contemporary, classic compositions as musical ofrendas. Inprint will also present original readings written in the tradition of making an offering during the Día de los Muertos celebrations. This event is a partnership between ROCO, Inprint, Musiqa and Lawndale Art Center.
Family Day Fiesta
Saturday, November 1, 2014
12 - 4 PM
Lawndale's 27th annual Día de los Muertoscelebration continues with a Saturday fiesta for families and children honoring participating teachers and students whose works of art can be viewed in the Cavnar and Horton galleries. Enjoy refreshments and children's activities such as cutting papel picado and decorating sugar skulls, along with performances by Houston Grand Opera, Mixteco Ballet Folklorico and Secret Admirer Puppets.
In conjunction with our 27th annual
Día de los Muertos celebration, Lawndale Art Center is offering an Adult Sugar Skull Class led by artist Amber Eagle. Participants will learn how sugar skulls are made and will decorate skulls with royal icing. All participants will take home their skull created in class, as well as a recipe and a sugar skull mold.
Amber Eagle is a former Lawndale Artist Studio Program participant, sculptor of sugar things in miniature and metal things made of semi-trucks. Eagle received her MFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts (1993) and her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design (1988). Eagle was a Core Fellow at the Glassell School of Art from 1993-1995. After completing her core fellowship in Houston she moved to Mexico for many years after having received a grant to study the art of Alfenique and Fiestas there.