Day of the Dead Festival at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art

Paper Mache Mermaid Skeleton

A Paper Mache Mermaid Skeleton hangs in Kirkwood Hall at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri. The skeleton is one of four hanging in the hall for the Day of the Dead (El Dia de los Muertos) festival planned for November 1, 2015. Sand paintings in an altar are also featured.

 

There are always activities at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri.  The museum’s exterior lights were bright blue in honor of the Kansas City Royals basbeall team being in the World Series.  Guards were wearing Kansas City Royals t-shirts.

Day of the Dead at the Nelson Atkins

Day of the Dead at the Nelson Atkins

Inside, in Kirkwood Hall, four paper mache skeletons hung from the ceiling for the museum’s Day of the Dead Festival.   In the center is an altar featuring sand paintings honoring ancestors, highlighting the four elements of earth, wind, fire and water.  Visitors are encouraged to write their own special remembrance.  The festival art is done in collaboration with local artists through Mattie Rhodes Center.  Music and dancing is scheduled for the festival on November 1, 2015.  The museum is at 4525 Oak Street, Kansas City, Missouri.

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Day of the Dead Festival.

Dead of the Dead Poetry and Photographs.

Day of the Dead Altar.

Day of the Dead Altar.

Day of the Dead Altar.

Day of the Dead Altar.

Paper Mache Skeleton with Heart.

Paper Mache Skeleton with Heart.

Paper Mache Skeleton with Monarch Butterfly Wings

Paper Mache Skeleton with Monarch Butterfly Wings. Monarch butterflies winter in Mexico.

Butterfly Sand Painting

Butterfly Sand Painting

 

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9 responses to “Day of the Dead Festival at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art

  1. I love Dia de los Muertes or Day of the Dead because it’s essentially a celebration of life. In Los Angeles, Day of the Dead imagery is everywhere. I find it way more fun than most of the Halloween decor. Last year we built an offenda beside on our porch to celebrate the life of our dear pig Maisie who finally died after 18 years. We had pictures of her, marigolds, and of course, beer, as it was her favorite!

  2. The DOD altar is very cool Cathy. I love the concept of this holiday and wish that we took more notice of it here in the US. Death is serious business no doubt, but DOD festivals show respect for those that have passed as well as an appreciation for the life they lived. It seems a good balance to me. ~James

  3. You always provide food for the brain. If you get down this way (SE FL) stop by the Randell Research Center – There is some interesting info on the Calusa Indians religion and its connection to the dead and their after-life.

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  5. Merry Christmas, Catherine! Visit http://www.dlhavlin.wordpress.com for my “present” to all my blogger buddies.

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