Monday, October 19, 2009


On October 29th, Laurie Zuckerman will present her Day of the Dead lecture in conjunction with her memorial altar exhibition at the Loveland Museum entitled, "Memento Mori: Deconstruction of the Nuclear Family." Laurie has been documenting these unique altars and cemetery decorations during the El Diá de los Muertos celebrations in Colonial Mexico during the past several years. She has traveled to cities and villages in the States of Oaxaca and Guanajuato to obtain her photos. Days of meticulous preparations lead up to private remembrances in people's homes, lavish public ofrenda displays, and haunting gravesite rituals. These annual festivities occur November 1-2, in conjunction with All Souls' Day and All Saints' Day.

"The Loveland Museum/Gallery presents artist Laurie Zuckerman’s slide presentation entitled Diá de los Muertos Cemetery Decorations and Ofrenda Altar: Colonial Mexico, in conjunction with her exhibit, Memento Mori: Deconstructing the Nuclear Family. Laurie’s photographic lecture will take place on Thursday, October 29, 2009 from 7 – 8:30 pm downstairs in the Foote Auditorium. Following the talk, Laurie will speak about the personal history behind her own Day of the Dead ofrenda included in her Memento Mori altar exhibition in the Main Gallery. This confrontational installation, entitled Devil May Care, was created in honor of both parents’ memories, both the good and the bad memories. It combines the humor and sorrow of traditional Mexican ofrendas, and incorporates colorful vintage and new Day of the Dead folk art from villages in Colonial Mexico."

Laurie has previously lectured on Mexico's Day of the Dead altars at Virginia Tech University, Front Range Community College, and the Fort Collins Public Library.

The Loveland Museum/Gallery is located at 504 N. Lincoln Avenue, in downtown Loveland, Colorado. Families with older, school-age children are encouraged to attend, as the colorful photography portrays images of toys, sugar candies, and skeleton images traditionally sold for Mexican ofrendas and cemetery decorations.

For even more information about Laurie Zuckerman's exhibition, open through November 1, click below for the Loveland Museum/Gallery newsletter and scroll to page 2.

1 comment:

JonesMoore Studio Art, Lisa JonesMoore said...

You go girl! I SO wish I could be there!