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National Museum Of Mexican Art Seeks Photos To Honor Loved Ones Who Died From COVID-19

The museum's Dia de los Muertos ofrenda will be a tribute to people in the United States and Mexico who died from coronavirus.

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PILSEN — The National Museum of Mexican Art will pay tribute to coronavirus victims during Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, with an artistic installation in Pilsen. 

The museum is looking for photos of people who died from the virus for a COVID-19 memorial ofrenda. The ofrenda — an altar honoring people who have died — will be part of the museum’s exhibition, “Día de Muertos: A Time to Grieve and Remember.”

This year’s exhibition will honor people who died from coronavirus in the United States and Mexico, the museum announced on Facebook.

“During the last 17 months, many of us were heartbroken to be unable to spend time with our loved ones. As we are now able to gather, we join together to grieve and remember the ones we lost during the pandemic,” said museum Chief Curator Cesáreo Moreno.

Day of the Dead runs Oct. 31-Nov. 2. The days coincide with the Catholic holidays All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day, but the holiday was born from ancient Aztec traditions.

“The collective act of mourning is a fundamental aspect of annual Day of the Dead commemorations and offers a healing way to acknowledge, accept and bear the inevitable,” Moreno said.

Those interested can submit photos here. The deadline to submit photos is Sept. 3.

Credit: Michael Tropea
Untitled piece from Alfonso Castillo Orta at the National Museum of Mexican Art Permanent Collection

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