The Day of the Dead is celebrated throughout Mexico, Central America and in many Latino communities in the U.S. as a way to honor deceased family and friends by creating altars or ofrendas.
This altar, An Ofrenda for Dolores del Rio by Amalia Mesa-Bains (1984, revised 1991), is currently on view in the exhibition “Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art” at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Mesa-Bains created this work to honor Dolores del Rio, the Mexican actress who dazzled audiences in the United States and Mexico from the 1920s until her death in 1983. More about this piece and the life of del Rio from our American History Museum
Altar de Muertos by Academic Technologies, The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) - 2013 Dia de los Muertos celebration submitted by Janet Hill, Multimedia Specialist @AT_UTEP.
The Day of the Dead celebrates, not only those who’ve passed, but our own mortality. And for this week’s Shooting Challenge, you adopted its powerful symbol: The human skull.
by @marieae “recordando los que han pasado #diadelosmuertos #familia #chosenfamilyalter #restinpeaceAlKinsglow” via @InstaReposts - Thank you too all who shared their ofrendas with us for this year’s Dia de los Muertos celebration. Your offerings to your loved ones we’re touching and heartfelt. We look forward to more opportunities for you to share your stories and experiences with the Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum. Muchas Gracias! #lvmdayofdead
by @pro_art_studio “El beso de la muerte #proartstudio #rostrosmuertosmx #rostrosmx #imexicoart #igersqro_calaveras #igersguadalajara #igerspuebla_muertos #diadelosmuertos #mexicanCulture #makeup #makeupartist #candyskull #calaca” via @InstaReposts - Thanks for for sharing your ofrendas! We hope you enjoyed a wonderful Dia de los Muertos! Gracias!