On the Path of Marigolds: Living Traditions of México’s Day of the Dead at National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque
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On the Path of Marigolds: Living Traditions of México’s Day of the Dead

Sunday Oct 27, 2019

1701 Fourth Street SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102-4508

Phone: 246-2261
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Joanna Hurley

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Photographer Ann Murdy presents her work based on more than 20 years documenting the celebrations around Día de los Muertos in México.

El Amanecer en Huatzio

Photographer Ann Murdy has been documenting the celebrations around Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos in México for more than 20 years. A native of southern California, she first started collecting Chicano art in the 1990s, and was drawn to México by the vibrancy of its culture and traditions. She loved the rich color she found everywhere, from the brilliant reds and pinks of the flowers adorning the ofrendas or altars to the dead, to the dusky yellow of the marigolds lining the ofrendas and the pathways to them in private homes and cemeteries.

 As she shows in her hauntingly beautiful images, in México, death is considered a part of life, something to be celebrated, not feared. El día de los muertos (which actually lasts two days, November 1-2), is a time to gather with friends and families to feast, pray, and honor the lives of those who have died. This lovely volume gathers 90 of her most stunning photographs of celebrations from three villages, Teotitlan del Valle in Oaxaca, Huaquechula in Puebla, and Lake Pátzcuaro in Michoacán, along with an essay by Mexican-American writer Denise Chávez and a conversation with the author and Cesaréo Moreno, director of visual arts and chief curator of the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, Illinois.