The Kruizenga Art Museum and Latino Student Organization at Hope College will present a Dia de los Muertos Community Day celebration on Saturday, Oct. 29, at the museum in conjunction with the exhibition “After the Rupture: New Directions in Mexican Art 1960s-1980s.”
The public is invited. Admission is free.
The collaborative event will feature family-friendly, Day of the Dead-related crafts from 10 a.m. to noon, the building of an authentic ofrenda by the Latino Student Organization with subsequent tours at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., and a Spanish-language tour of the bilingual “After the Rupture” exhibition led by student docents at 2:30 p.m.
Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, celebrates the lives of deceased loved ones. A national holiday in Mexico, it is observed in various ways throughout Latin America, with the celebration running as long as three days (plural, Dias de los Muertos) from October 31 through November 2. Ofrendas such as the one being created for the Oct. 29 event are altars that honor an individual being remembered with items such as candles, flowers, photographs and personal mementos of the deceased.
“After the Rupture: New Directions in Mexican Art 1960s-1980s” showcases work by Mexican artists who broke away from the Muralist School and explored a wider range of styles and subjects between the 1960s and the 1980s. These artists came to be known as the Rupture Generation and helped Mexican art evolve in new directions that are still playing out today. The exhibition features a selection of 32 paintings, prints and drawings by 15 artists associated with the Rupture Generation. It opened on Tuesday, Aug. 30, and is on display through Saturday, Dec. 17.
For more than four decades, the Hope College Latino Student has functioned to educate and celebrate the success and empowerment of the diverse Latino culture through enriching activities and events.
The Kruizenga Art Museum, which opened in August 2015, functions as an educational resource for Hope College and the greater West Michigan community. The museum features two public galleries as well as a classroom and climate-controlled storage space for the 2,000-object permanent collection. It is named in honor of a leadership gift from Dr. Richard and the late Margaret Kruizenga of Holland, each of whom graduated from Hope in 1952.
Admission to the Kruizenga Art Museum is always free. The museum is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please check the museum’s website hope.edu/kam or social media for additional information about special programs and events related to this exhibition.
The Kruizenga Art Museum is located at 271 Columbia Ave., between 10th and 13th streets.