Día de Los Muertos 2019 : City of Souls Unveiling

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934 Brannan St

San Francisco, CA 94102

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Celebrate SOMArts' annual Día de Los Muertos exhibition on Friday, October 11, 6-9pm

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Now in its 20th year, SOMArts’ Día de Los Muertos exhibition is one of the most internationally diverse Day of the Dead celebrations in the United States. Día de Los Muertos at SOMArts merges traditional altars with contemporary installations, continuing to be a multigenerational gathering of remembrance while asserting the role of art as a platform for collective action.

Curated by Rio Yañez and Carolina Quintanilla, this year’s exhibition features special altar structures to honor and manifest founding curator’s Rene Yañez’ vision for his final Día de Los Muertos exhibition titled City of Souls, a reference to his 2001 exhibition City of Miracles.

Housed in a translucent, labyrinthine city, this exhibition meditates on San Francisco’s rapidly changing landscape, asking artists and visitors: Who are the ancestors we need to call in to help fight for the soul of the City? What are the people, places, and institutions lost to time that have shaped us? What kind of future can we collectively envision for San Francisco?

The exhibition unveiling on Friday, October 11, 6–9pm, $12–$20 sliding scale admission includes curatorial remarks and musical performances by Anaís Azul and Petting Kazoo. The Día de Los Muertos artist market highlighting local Bay Area vendors rounds out the community-oriented celebration and evening of remembrance.

Día de Los Muertos 2019: City of Souls is dedicated to Dawn Mabalon, and the children who have passed away in ICE custody.


Adriana Garcia

Aambr Newsome (2am)

Ajuan Mance

Alicia Cruz

Beth Benson

Cece Carpio, Bernardo Josue, Claire Warren, Juana Tello, Kerri Ann Borja, Mel Reyes, Robin Castel, Shariff Zakout, Terycka Garcia

El Chicano

Choppy Oshiro

Elizabeth Addison


Gustavo Vasquez

John Mayne

Johnny Nguyen & Giang Trinh

Josue Rojas

Juliet Flower & Dean MacCannell

Keiko Kubo, Jun Hamamoto, Leslie Lambre, & Elizabeth Summers

Keith Secola

Kimberley Arteche, Terry Bautista, & Dara Del Rosario

Kristian Kabuay

Kristiana Li-Yen Chan

Lauren Andrei Garcia & Rizal Andanza

Lia Teoldi, John Latham, & Alice Latham

Lilli Lanier, Rachel-Anne Palacias, & Emily Winslow-Cabrera

Mara Hernandez, Adrian Arias & Anais Azul Arias–Aragon

Mara Lea Brown

Mague Calanche

Megan Leppla

Monique Lopez

Nicole Schach

Paola de la Calle

Patricia Montgomery

Sandy Lee & Steve Dellicarpini

Sami See & Romi Lynn Acosta-Noa

Susan Mathews

Susana Aragon & Anais Azul Arias–Aragon

Tricia Rainwater-Tutwiler

Victor-Mario Zaballa

Virdell Hickman

Xiaojie Zheng

Ximena Soza

Ytaelena Lopez & Andreina Davila

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934 Brannan St

San Francisco, CA 94102

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