The Tyler Museum of Art continues its commitment to showcasing the region’s diversity with its fourth annual “Day of the Dead Middle School Art Exhibition,” opening to the public on Saturday.
The exhibition will feature a display of artwork in the TMA’s Education Classroom by sixth-graders from the Tyler area, representing middle schools including Boulter, Hogg, Hubbard and Moore from Tyler Independent School District, as well as Chapel Hill Middle School.
“This year’s exhibition will be bigger than ever, with more than 100 works of art included,” TMA Interpretation Manager Derek Frazier said.
The community is invited to join the Museum from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday for an artists’ reception and celebration of Dia de los Muertos, the traditional Mexican holiday honoring memories of family and friends. The reception will include traditional food and art activities related to the holiday. Admission is free, but reservations are encouraged. Call 903-595-1001 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.
CELEBRATION OF LIFE AND DEATH
Works featured in the “Day of the Dead Middle School Art Exhibition” will be on display through Sunday, Nov. 10 – which also marks the opening day of Celebration of Life and Death: Selections from the Boeckman Collection of Mexican Folk Art. This exhibition, also open to the public with free admission, features more than 75 pieces drawn from a large collection donated to the TMA by Laura and Dan Boeckman of Dallas, and representing “some of the finest examples of traditional Mexican art ever to be seen in East Texas,” Frazier said.
Artwork selections for “Celebration of Life and Death” represent 17 states of Mexico, from the deserts of Sonora to the rainforests of Chiapas, highlighting the ingenious use of everyday materials from which artists and artisans create memorable works of art that celebrate both the vibrancy of life and reverence for the deceased that pervades many Mexican cultures. The exhibition includes humorous scenes designed for Day of the Dead celebrations and ornately carved nativity sets, as well as toys, ceramics and textiles used every day by rural citizens of Mexico.
“Celebration of Life and Death” continues through Jan. 19 at the TMA. Museum members are invited for a sneak peek at the exhibition during a preview reception from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 9. For reservations, call 903-595-1001.
The TMA, accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, is at 1300 S. Mahon Ave., adjacent to the Tyler Junior College campus off East Fifth Street. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday; the Museum is closed Mondays and most major holidays.