Community Altars: 2017

Love to Death: Day of the Dead Community Altars is now open at the Mexic-Arte Museum on Congress Avenue. In conjunction with the museum’s Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) celebration, these altars (ofrendas) were created by members of the local community to memorialize deceased loved ones.

In the Mexican tradition, ofrendas can be found in homes, churches, and graveyards. The altars usually include photographs of those who died, as well as personal mementos and favorite foods. Aztec flowers of death—bright yellow or orange marigolds—often adorn the altars. Bread, water, and candles may be added to welcome the deceased souls.

Mexic-Arte’s exhibit is on display through November 26, 2017. Here’s a look at this year’s community altars:

Altar of Deads from Santiago de Queretaro-Mexico

Altar dedicated to honor the deceased who have helped shape Mexic-Arte Museum over the last 33 years

Altar sponsored by the Consulate General of Mexico in Austin

Altar dedicated to Selena Paria Siempre (Selena Forever)

Altar devoted to abuelos and the memory of loved ones

Altar to celebrate the death of stigma and honor communities of color affected by HIV

Altar dedicated to Mary Frances Aguallo

Altar dedicated to Matthew Isaac Ramos

Altar dedicated to the forgotten history of the Koreans in Mexico

Altar in honor of beloved pets that have passed on

Altar dedicated to victims of recent natural disasters around the globe

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