Now in its 18th year, the annual Day of the Dead exhibition at SOMArts Cultural Center offers one of the most internationally diverse Día de los Muertos celebrations in the United States. Merging traditional Mexican altars with contemporary art installations, the exhibition presents a superabundant array of perspectives remembering, honoring, and celebrating the dead. Inspired by cherished relationships, current events, and personal and collective histories, more than 25 altars by over 50 participating Día de los Muertos artists build a dense environment of creativity that creates space for meaningful reflection and community engagement.
In conjunction with this year’s Day of the Dead exhibition, SOMArts will partner with curator David Kubrin to bring the spirit of San Francisco’s Mission District to the exhibition. Featuring San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck with performances by Trio Cambio, Los Nadies, Josue Rojas, and Musical Art Quintet, this interactive salon will invite audience members to reflect on the importance of preserving and maintaining the cultural vibrancy of San Francisco.
A limited number of seats will be available for this special evening of performance. Advance tickets are highly recommended. All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit relief for victims of hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the earthquake in Mexico.
Curator bio: David Kubrin is a writer, educator and long-time activist for social justice living in the Mission District. For the past 9 years, Kubrin has been the facilitator of the Mission Arts & Performance Project (MAPP) — a performance series that has hosted free music, poetry, visual and other arts in various inner Mission venues. Kubrin also hosts the “Pathos-on-Harrison” salon in his home, where he has presented works by Marcus Shelby, John Truedell, Guillermo Gomez-Peña, Rupa, John Calloway, Meklit Hadero, Mamacuatl, Classical Revolution, Stephen Kent, Jack Hirshman, Avotcja, and many others. Kubrin’s book on ecological crises, Marxism & Witchcraft is due to be published in October 2017. Kubrin received his BS in Physics at Caltech in 1961 and his PhD in History of Science from Cornell University in 1968. In 1969, Kubrin was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship for his writing on Isaac Newton’s cosmological ideas. At 78, Kubrin has three grown children — all raised in the Mission — and two young grandchildren.
Mission Salon is presented in partnership with Baldocchi Projects, a fiscally sponsored project of Intersection for the Arts.