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Past Event

Día de los Muertos

Oct 29 – Nov 10 2021

Seattle Art Museum

Forum Gallery

8:30 AM – 4 PM

Every year at Seattle Art Museum, Fulgencio Lazo and a team of local artists design a unique tapete (sand painting) to celebrate Día de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead. The art and traditions of Día de los Muertos aim to help us accept death as a part of life.

Traditionally, people make beautiful altars called ofrendas (offerings), which are decorated with candles, flowers, water, bread, and fruit. During the two week celebration between October 30 and November 13, vaccinated adults or those with a negative COVID test 72 hours prior to your visit are welcome to come to the museum to view the tapete and grab a takeaway art project created by Jose Orantes.

If you're unable to visit in-person, enjoy the festivities online:

  • View a conversation between our Ann M. Barwick Curator of American Art, Theresa Papanikolas and artist Fulgencio Lazo.

  • Hear La Banda Gozona perform in SAM's Brotman Forum on October 30 at 1 pm or register to watch it virtually here.

  • Read about the holiday on our blog.

  • See a timelapse video of the installation of this year's tapete.

Major Sponsor

Generous Support
Mexican Consulate in Seattle

Photo: Robert Wade

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