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The United States Postal Service has released four new stamps commemorating Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead,) a holiday celebrated in the first two days of November.
The new stamps were officially unveiled on September 30 at a dedication ceremony at the El Paso Museum of Art in Texas. The architect behind the miniature artworks is Minneapolis-based Chicano artist Luis Fitch.
Fitch’s vibrantly colored designs feature a family of four calaveras, or “sugar skulls,” surrounded by lit candles, marigolds, and other elements inspired by a traditional Day of the Dead altar, or ofrenda.
Day of the Dead is a Mesoamerican holiday in which families welcome back the souls of their deceased relatives for a brief reunion that includes food, drinks, and festivities. It is celebrated widely in Mexico and other cities with large Mexican populations.
With these stamps, the USPS recognizes the cultural importance of the country’s growing Latinx communities.
“In recent decades, Day of the Dead has caught on in the United States as a festive celebration for all ages,” said Michael J. Elston, secretary of the USPS Board of Governors, at the September dedication ceremony. “These new stamps from the US Postal Service provide a wonderful way to commemorate this colorful and life-affirming holiday.”
New works by one of Bangladesh’s most prominent photojournalists, writers, and activists are on view at the Chicago art space through November 27.
Council often uses humor as a political tool to expose systems of power and inequality in a society in which even death carries a high price tag.
An exhibition at the San Francisco Opera House pairs the work of incarcerated artists with Beethoven’s story of unjust imprisonment.
Many works take disruption and repetition as their themes, and many artists resurface in different sections, creating multiple affinities.
Hear from Holly Jean Buck, Carolina Caycedo and David de Rozas, Simon Denny, Elizabeth Hoover, Renee Kemp-Rotan, Joseph Kunkel, and more at this free public event.
In Cooking with Paris, Hilton capitalizes on her portrayal of being a competent woman, while highlighting its anachronism through her absurd performance. Rosler manipulates the camera in the same way.
EFA Open Studios offers a portal into the creative habitats of over 65 artists working in Manhattan’s longest-running studio program, including Dannielle Tegeder, Wafaa Bilal, Cui Fei, and Anina Major.
A man says Blue Bayou took details of his life without his permission. Several women who appear in the documentary Sabaya say they did not consent to be filmed. How can filmmakers avoid these ethical pitfalls?
Ursula Biemann, Nicolas Bourriaud, and others said they will no longer participate in the event.
There is an official ban against the public mourning of Tiananmen Square victims in Hong Kong and mainland China.