A Day and a Night at the Museum

To finish up my Day of the Dead week in Tlaquepaque, I visited a pottery museum. While there, I heard the distinct sounds of music and dancing and discovered that a group of school children were practicing for a performance that would be held a few days afterwards.

In the meantime, I continued to view the many marvelous works of the museum. This post will consist mainly of photographs with a little bit of commentary, and so I present for your enjoyment the many works of art which I viewed.

Map of Mexico with illustrations of distinctive features of each area
Closeup of Colima and the Colima dog
El cucuy
Capturing Frida and Diego, including poses from many of Frida’s paintings
View of the entire sculpture with Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo standing in front of the creation
Here is a piece depicting the Mexican flag made out of “jarritos” – little jars

closeup of the jarritos

During the evening, there was an exposition in honor of Day of the Dead and the creator of its famous symbol, La Catrina – José Guadalupe Posada. You can read his biography in detail here:

https://www.peoplesworld.org/article/skeletons-as-political-art-a-look-at-day-of-the-dead-artist-posada/

Basically, he created the Catrina’s as political satire, i.e. – no matter how pretentious you act with fine clothes, etc., eventually we all end up in the same place, 6 feet under.

Many altars and drawings of his creations were on display:

Mexican version of Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus”

Besides this display, there was a darkened room where a woman explained the history of Day of the Dead. On the altar were pre-Columbian figures, including a bust of a pre-Columbian man with feathered headdress. I wish I could have taken a photo, but it was too dark for that to happen. There were no lights on in the room except for candles on the altar.

All in all, it was a wonderful experience, learning about the history as well as all of the art work and altars.

And so I will end this post here, and wishing you a safe and warm week.

Adios !

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