Selena’s Día De Los Muertos Altar At The Mexic-Arte Museum Has All Of Her Favorite Things
This year, the Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin, Texas, is presenting an exhibit titled “Love to Death: Day of the Dead Community Altars.”Image by Araceli Cruz
It features ofrendas (altars) created by members of the Austin community, and also some from its own permanent collection.
The Mexic-Arte Museum has been celebrating Día de los Muertos for the past 34 years.Image by Araceli Cruz
The show features traditional altars and themed altars.
The museum also has a special exhibit on Frida Kahlo, so naturally, they have an altar just for her.Image by Araceli Cruz
The Frida Kahlo exhibit (separate from the Day of the Dead exhibit) is called: “Diego & Frida: A Smile in the Middle of the Way.”
This altar celebrates the life of deceased pets.Image by Araceli Cruz
I couldn’t help but think of the film “All Dogs Go to Heaven.” The uniqueness of this ofrenda is so cute, especially because each pet was constructed out of paper mache.
There’s also an altar paying tribute to street artists.Image by Araceli Cruz
What’s most amazing about Day of the Dead is that there’s no wrong way to build an altar, and this one shows that. The street art itself is already stunning, so the mixture of tokens (like the ping pong paddles and journals) is what makes it a unique altar.
But there was one amazing altar that left me in tears. It’s called “Selena Forever,” and I almost fainted when I saw it.
The altar was created by Stephanie Sandoval, and the details show she is a true fan. She includes everything Selena loved, such as pizza, Coca-Cola, and Doritos. It also features her MAC lipstick, a setlist from her concert, and a sewing machine.
Here’s the altar in all its glory.
The exhibit is on display through November 26, 2017.
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