Consulado de México y el Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center Exhibiran ofrenda del Día de Muertos
Celebrar la vida de quienes fallecieron en lugar de lamentar su partida. Nos permite tener una comunicación directa con ellos y mantenerlos presentes como parte de nuestro existir, con la instalación de una ofrenda que incorpora objetos culturales, sus comidas y bebidas favoritas y objetos personales.’ Edurne Pineda-Consul de Mexico en Oklahoma.
“Esta tradición trasciende fronteras, enriquece la cultura local y permite fortalecer el diálogo multicultural. En esta ocasión, la Ofrenda celebrará la vida de los migrantes que fallecen en su intento por llegar a los EUA, como reconocimiento al valor y determinación que muestran en su búsqueda por mejores oportunidades y a las aportaciones que realizan en las nuevas comunidades y sociedad a las que llegan”comento Pineda.
La Ofrenda será diseñada por el artista chicano internacionalmente reconocido Narciso Argüelles, quien se ha arraigado en OKC y contribuye cotidianamente a la riqueza cultural y artística de esta ciudad y de Oklahoma. Esta colaboración también cuenta con el apoyo y participación de la Agencia Latina para el Desarrollo Comunitario (LCDA por sus siglas en ingles) Latino Community Development Agency.
La Ofrenda se exhibirá del 27 de octubre al 20 de noviembre y se podrá visitar gratuitamente todos los días de la semana con excepción del martes, entre 11am y 6pm, con horario extendido hasta las 9pm los jueves.
Oklahoma City.- The Mexican Consulate office in Oklahoma announced that they will soon celebrate the Mexican holiday “The Day of the Dead” . “The Mexican holiday Day of the Dead celebrates the lives of those who have passed away rather than mourning their departure. This tradition allows us to connect with the deceased and keep them present in our lives through the installation of an altar that displays cultural items and their favorite foods, drinks, and personal effects” said Edurne Pineda-Mexican diplomat Consul in Oklahoma.
“This tradition transcends borders, enriches the local culture and strengthens cross-cultural dialogue. La Ofrenda para los Olvidados / The Altar for The Forgotten by Oklahoma City based Chicano artist Narciso Argüelles will celebrate the lives of migrants who lost their lives in the attempt to begin anew in the United States”
This installation celebrates the courage and determination of immigrants who strive to seek better opportunities in new lands and honors their contributions to new communities and civil society. This partnership has been facilitated graciously in collaboration with the Oklahoma City Latino Community Development Agency.
La Ofrenda para los Olvidados / The Altar for The Forgotten will be on view at Oklahoma Contemporary from October 27 to November 20, with free admission 11am to 6pm Monday, Wednesday, Friday through Sunday, and 11am-9pm on Thursday.
About The Consulate of Mexico in Oklahoma City : This consular representation of the Government of Mexico inaugurated its operation on May 20 of this year, to serve a growing community throughout the State of Oklahoma that nears 400,000 people of Mexican origin of first and second generation.
The Consulate offers a wide variety of services and education and preventive programs to help this community have a better development and potentiate the positive impact of its contributions to Oklahoma. This institution also works to promote a better understanding of Mexico, its people and culture; the relevance of its bilateral relationship with the United States, and to build cultural, economic and social bridges with Oklahoma.
About Oklahoma Contemporary At the new, state-of-the-art Oklahoma Contemporary: visitors explore art and creativity through exhibitions, performances and a wide variety of educational programs. At its core, the multidisciplinary contemporary arts organization is an inclusive space.
Exhibitions and most programs are free. You are always welcome here. In addition to the 8,000 square feet of galleries for visual art, Oklahoma Contemporary’s new downtown home includes a flexible theater, a dance studio and nine classrooms for Camp Contemporary and Studio School.
The 4.6-acre grounds also include The Studios, a renovated warehouse that houses ceramics, fiber, painting, printmaking and sculpture classes. Campbell Art Park, our Sculpture Garden and North Lawn lend outdoor space for exhibitions, programs and performances. After providing contemporary art experiences of all kinds for 30 years at the State Fairgrounds, these new, centrally located facilities dramatically increase Oklahoma Contemporary’s capacity to meet growing demand for arts and culture across our city, state and region.
Oklahoma Contemporary is a regional 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization founded in 1989 by businessman and philanthropist Christian Keesee and Kirkpatrick Foundation Director Marilyn Myers.
About the Artist Narciso Argüelles grew up in Mexico near the U.S. border. While still an undergraduate student at the University of California, San Diego, Argüelles started collaborating with the internationally known Border Art/Workshop/Taller de Arte Fronterizo and soon became a full member.
He has exhibited work at the 9th Biennale of Sydney, The First Johannesburg Biennale in South Africa, The Alternative Biennale in Tucuman Argentina, and all over the United States, including New York City, New Mexico, New Haven, Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Los Angeles. Argüelles has held several art and educational residencies, including teaching and creative practice overseas in Istanbul, Turkey. In addition to his artistic practice and commitment to education, Argüelles has co-founded or directed several not-for-profit organizations, including Inclusion in Art. Currently, Narciso Argüelles is a college instructor and high school art teacher in Oklahoma