Day of the Dead
Lèo Limón (American, b. 1952)
Mechicano Art Center (American)
DimensionsSheet : 28 1/2 x 22 1/2 in. (72.39 x 57.15 cm)
Mat : 30 x 24 in. (76.2 x 60.96 cm)
Credit LineHope College Collection
LabelLos Angeles artist Leo Limon participated in a number of art projects at the Mechicano Art Center during the 1970s. This print is his contribution to a 1977 exhibition inspired by popular calendar art. The image is a celebration of the Dia de los Muertos, or “Day of the Dead”, holiday that occurs every year on November 1st and 2nd. Rooted in the religious beliefs of several pre-Hispanic, indigenous Mexican cultures, the Day of the Dead holiday is a time for families to gather in gratitude and remember family members, friends and others who have recently passed away. The holiday was historically observed in different ways in different parts of Mexico, but after it was elevated to a national holiday by the Mexican government during the 1960s, it became more standardized and was embraced as a point of great cultural pride by people of Mexican heritage around the world.