Please join us for La Catrina: Keeping the Spirits Alive on Saturday, October 29, 2011
A centuries-old celebration of life and death comes together with La Catrina, Keeping the Spirits Alive, a new fundraising event for The Mexican Museum, a San Francisco treasure nationally-renowned for showcasing the richness of Mexican and Mexican American, Chicano and Latino art and culture. The benefit for the Museum, will take place on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 6-11 p.m. at the Concourse Exhibition Center, at 7th and Brannan Streets, in San Francisco. The evening’s festivities includes cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, dancing, entertainment, and a costume contest.
Attendees of La Catrina, Keeping the Spirits Alive will enter a colorful village environment where vendors will offer an array of dishes featuring delicious cuisine. As they walk further in the zocalo, guests will see and experience the many traditional altars created by local artists to remember departed loved ones. Private altars such as these are traditionally decorated not only with the deceased loved ones’ favorite foods and drinks, but also with a glass of water so they may quench their thirst after the long journey. Marigolds are also part of the celebration, and the aroma of these colorful flowers fill the air, creating a path for the souls to find their way home.
And for the living, the night will be filled with the sounds of Mariachi Femenil Orgullo Mexicano and the cumbia and salsa sounds of Grupo Los Ejecutivos. But, attendees who choose to dance to Mariachi Femenil’s lively Latin rhythms best keep an eye out, as they may be joined on the dance floor by La Catrina, the flirtatious skeleton always dressed in her finery and whose smile invites us to seize the moment. La Catrina, created by the artist José Guadalupe Posada, represents the joy of life in the face of our inevitable death.
The iconic figure of La Catrina is an integral part of Día de los Muertos celebrations in Mexico and throughout the United States. On Día de los Muertos it is believed that the souls of those who have died return to visit the living. It is a Mexican holiday that has been celebrated for centuries, tracing back to a similar ritual observed by the Aztecs. It is now celebrated in certain parts of the United States on Nov. 1 and 2. The underlying theme for this holiday is that it is a time of great celebration, not mourning.
Tickets for The Mexican Museum’s La Catrina, Keeping the Spirits Alive benefit on October 29th from 6pm-11pm are $100 per person for general admission, or $150 for VIP admission. To purchase tickets online, go to http://themexicanmuseumsf.eventbrite.com / or by calling (415) 202-9700. All proceeds go to The Mexican Museum.
When & Where
The Mexican Museum
Founded by the well-known San Francisco artist Peter Rodriguez in 1975 in the heart of the Mission District, The Mexican Museum is located at the Fort Mason Center. It is the realization of his vision to present the aesthetic expression of the Mexican and Mexican American people. Today, the museum’s vision has expanded to include the full scope of the Mexican, Chicano, and Latino experience – including the arts, history, and heritage of their respective cultures.
In 2012, The Mexican Museum became an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum and research complex. The Museum joins over 200 organizations in 45 states, Puerto Rico and Panama that are in association with the Smithsonian. The Mexican Museum currently has a permanent collection of more than 16,500 objects reflecting Pre-Hispanic, Colonial, Popular, Modern and Contemporary Mexican, Mexican-American, Latin American, Latino, and Chicano art.
The Mexican Museum, open Thursday - Sunday from noon to 4 p.m., is located at the Fort Mason Center, Building D, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, in San Francisco. Admission is FREE. The Museum offers a wide variety of programs, including Family Sundays, exhibitions, special events, lectures, and public programming throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. For more information, please visit: http://www.mexicanmuseum.org or call (415) 202-9700.
The Mexican Museum has begun construction of its permanent home in the heart of the Yerba Buena Gardens Art District, which is expected to open in 2019. People are encouraged to support The Mexican Museum by becoming new members or by joining the Builder’s Society online or by mailing a check to: The Mexican Museum, Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Boulevard, Building D, San Francisco, CA 94123. For more information on the Builder’s Society, please contact Edgar De Sola at (415) 202-9700 ext. 225.