Exhibit remembers prominent women

“Florencia” – mixed media by María C. Ruenes.
Photo courtesy of the Bath House Cultural Center

From Bath House reports

The Bath House Cultural Center presents the 33rd Annual Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) art exhibition, Oct. 12-Nov. 16. The exhibition features Day of the Dead visual art and altars in a variety of media created by local, national and international artists. A reception with the artists is on Sunday, Oct. 13 from 5-7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. The works featured in the 2019 Día de los Muertos exhibition are inspired by the Day of the Dead character Catrina, and by the legacy of other prominent women. Catrina has been an iconic symbol of the Day of the Dead celebration for many years. 

The character has been seen by people in many different ways throughout her interesting evolution. Catrina first came to life on an etching that was created around 1910 by printmaker José Guadalupe Posada, a highly prominent and respected artist from Mexico. Catrina, a genuine grande dame of death, is one of various comical illustrations of skeletons that were made famous by Posada. On his print, Catrina is depicted as a lavishly elegant woman who wears formal attire with much pride and exuberance. 

Although Catrina is now perceived as a cheerful personification of the Day of the Dead, she was originally created as a piece of political satire that mocked people of Mexico who, in the beginning of the 20th century, showed an obsession with European materialism and style and disregarded their own indigenous culture. 

Catrina later became a symbol of the contrasts between the upper and lower classes of Mexico. In more modern times, however, we see Catrina as a beloved image of the Day of the Dead celebration that represents not only the gleeful nature of the festivity but also the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.

Enrique Fernández Cervantes curated this exhibition. The Bath House is located at 521 E. Lawther Dr. next to White Rock Lake. Call 214-670-8749 for more information about the event or visit the website bathhouse.dallasculture.org.