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Connecticut Science Center, Día de los Muertos Ofrenda
October 27 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm EDT
Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a Mexican tradition that dates back to pre-Hispanic times. Ancient Aztecs honored the dead with rituals during the harvest season and viewed death as the seasons, a cycle of life, death, and rebirth. One of Día de Los Muertos traditions is an Ofrenda or altar. Entire families build their Ofrenda with a mix of ancient cultural practices, religious images, and objects. Ofrenda’s can be simple or highly elaborate and can be found in homes, cemeteries, churches, museums, and many towns’ main plazas. Come see the Ofrenda installed at the Connecticut Science Center, created by local artisan Carlos Hernandez Chavez. You can even bring your own items to add to the Ofrenda.
The Connecticut Science Center is not responsible for lost or damaged property. Any items added to the Ofrenda will not be returned.
Meet the Artist: Carlos Hernandez Chavez
Considered by the media as ‘the first Mexican in Hartford’, Carlos Hernández Chávez’ multidisciplinary arts training and deep cultural roots are the source of his decades-long, prolific career. The artist, activist, and educator attended the prestigious Academia de San Carlos, and the National Institute of Fine Arts (INBA) School of Painting and Sculpture, in Mexico City.
His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in the region and abroad and is in permanent collections at cultural, public, and cultural institutions, among them the Mattatuck and Housatonic Museums, Richmond University in England, and in several private collections in the U.S., Greece, Puerto Rico, and Mexico.