September 2, 2014
For a post-Halloween celebration like no other, head over to the National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th.
This world-class, free-admission museum is hosting the country’s largest Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) exhibit and musical celebration. More than 60 artists from the United States and Mexico are presenting their altars, pop art, fine art, sculpture, textiles and installations. The exhibition runs through Dec. 15.
And what’s a Day of the Dead celebration without those iconic sugar skulls? Check out the museum’s collection and watch a demonstration of how they are made and decorated by the Mondragon family (from Toluca, Mexico), every day through Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For $35, you can attend the Dia de los Muertos Ball at the museum on Saturday, featuring entertainment by Sones de Mexico and a brass quintet from the Chicago Civic Orchestra. The event takes place from 7 to 10 p.m.
The ball also observes the 100th anniversary of the death of legendary Mexican printmaker Jose Guadlupe Posada. For tickets, visit www.nationalmuseumofmexicanart.org