Día de los Muertos
Museo del Barrio Exhibit
Museo del barrio, NY, NY
Joel Campos (b. Xalatzala, Estado de Guerrero, Mexico 1960; lives and works in New
York, NY) La Madre Tierra (Mother Earth), 2013 Oil on canvas
Earth, another of the four elements, is also present in the Day of the Dead ofrenda. Elements of the ofrenda, including
flowers, food, and copal are representations of earth and its offerings. - Joel Campos
La tierra, otro de los cuatro elementos tambien esta presente en la ofrenda del Dfa de los Muertos. Las flores, los
alimentos y tecnicamente todos los elementos de la ofrenda son representaciones de la tierra y sus productos. - Joel
Linda Betanzos (Xochiquetzal) (b. Mexico, D.F., Mexico 1979; lives and works in New
York, NY) Pulque, 2013 Oil on canvas
Food and beverage that was preferred by the deceased person is fundamental in an ofrenda. Pulque is a
traditional Mexican alcoholic beverage made from the fermented sap of the maguey plant. It is a favorite of many
and present in many ofrendas.
Linda Betanzos (Xochiquetzal) (b. Mexico, D.F., Mexico 1979; lives and works in New York, NY) Retrato
del Difunto (Portrait of Deceased), 2013
Oil on canvas
The portraits of our loved ones reinforce their presence. They provide memories and act as a form of
respect towards them. - Linda Betanzos (Xochiquetzal)
Los retratos de nuestros seres queridos refuerzan su presencia. Anaden recuerdos y actuan como
una forma de respeto hacia ellos. - Linda Betanzos (Xochiquetzal)
Jose Luis Mendoza (b. San Antonio Tlatenso, Puebla, Mexico 1982; lives and works in
New York, NY)
Poposhcomitl (.Copal/Resin Incense), 2013
It is believed by many that the only sense used in the non-terrestrial world is smell. Copal is lit to
guide our loved ones back home and prevent them from getting lost. It is also used as a source of
purification of the home. - Jose Luis Mendoza
Muchas personas creen que el único sentido usado en el mundo no terrenal es el olfato. Se
enciende copal para guiar a los seres queridos de vuelta a casa y evitar que se pierdan. También
se usa como fuente de purificación del hogar. - José Luis Mendoza
Alex Campo (b. Celaya, Guanajuato, Mexico) Cempazuchitl (Marigold), 2013
Cempazuchitl and flor de terciopelo (celosa flower) are the traditional flowers used in the ofrenda. The
aroma of the flowers mingles with the copal in order to guide our loved ones back home. The
cempazuchitl was associated with death in Pre-Columbian Mexico, while purple represents mourning in
the Catholic religion. - Alex Campo
Leonardo Mendoza (b. San Antonio TIatenso, Puebia, Mexico 1984; lives and works in New York, NY)
Papel Picado (Cut Paper), 2013
Papel Picado mingles with the wind and with its movements announces the arrival of our loved ones.
Its lively colors and imagery welcomes them in a festive colorful manner. - Leonardo Mendoza
Rosario Susana Garcia Farcier (b. Puebia, Mexico 1986; lives and works in New York, NY)
Maiz (Corn) 2013 Oil on canvas
Maiz has been a fundamental part of the Mexican/Central American life since pre-Columbian times and
therefore an essential part of the ofrenda. Whether present in tortillas, atoles (corn based hot drink),
tamales or the corn itself, maiz is always present in a Day of the Dead ofrenda. - Rosario Susana Garcia
Cievel Xicohtencatl (b. New York, NY 1992; lives and works in New York) Cihuateteo
(Maternity/Maternidacf), 2013
November 1 is el Dia de los Angelitos (Day of the Little Angels), a special day dedicated to children who have
passed away, and the closeness of maternity, new life and death is present in symbols related to el Dfa de los
Muertos. Cihuateteo is an Aztec Deity representing women who die in childbirth. She was believed to be in
charge of caring for infants in Mictlan, the world of the dead. - Cievel Xicohtencatl
Marcos Avendano (b. Oaxaca, Mexico 1989; lives and works in New York, NY) Fuego
(Fire), 2013
Fire, one of the four elements, is associated with purification and renewal. In the ofrenda fire is
present in candles, which are lit while saying the deceased person's name in order to light their
path. - Marcos Avendano
Eleazar Galvez (b. Guerrero, Mexico 1986; lives and works in New York, NY) Calaveritas
de Dulce (.Sugar Skulls'), 2013
El Dia de Los Muertos is a celebration of Life. The names of politicians, celebrities and many
others are written on the top parts of the calaveritas as a reminder that nobody escapes the
path of death. The floral designs and sequins are a reminder that death is not something to fear,
but simply another element of life. - Eleazar Galvez
Marcos "Roles" Gomez (b. Mexico, D.F., Mexico 1974; lives and works in New
York, NY) Musica (Music) 2013
El Día de Los Muertos is a celebration in honor of those who have passed away and what
celebration is complete without music? On this day mariachis, trios and bands play in cemeteries
and the deceased person's home to celebrate their visit. - Roles Gomez

Día de los Muertos - Madison Public Schools