Day of the Dead, known as Día de los Muertos, is a Mexican custom with a rich history dating back to pre-Hispanic times. The Aztecs celebrated the deceased with rituals during the harvest season and saw death as part of the natural cycle of life, death, and rebirth. Among the traditions of this holiday is the construction of an Ofrenda, or altar, which families put together using a combination of cultural practices, religious imagery, and various objects. Ofrendas can be simple or complex, and they can be found in homes, cemeteries, churches, museums, and public squares. For a limited time only, the Connecticut Science Center will play host to a stunning Ofrenda crafted by local artisan Carlos Hernandez Chavez, and you can even contribute your own items to it*.
*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.