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The Tree of Life and Death: Días de los Muertos at OMCA

In honor of Día de los Muertos, the Oakland Museum of California is proud to present an exhibition focusing on the interconnections between humankind and the natural world. Titled The Tree of Life and Death, this year’s exhibit expands on the traditional Day of the Dead theme of honoring loved ones, and celebrates the role of nature in sustaining human life. This is OMCA’s 19th annual Día de los Muertos exhibit, and will be on display from now until December 8th.


To create an exhibit that emphasized the indivisibility of life and death, guest curator, Eduardo Pineda, worked closely with both the museum and each of the nine visual artists. While the traditional ofrenda, or altar, can be found in the exhibition, there are also installations that address the Día de los Muertos theme of ‘remembrance’ in new, innovative ways. As a whole, the exhibition not only examines remembrance, but also the interactions between humans and nature in this world and the afterlife, environmental issues such as pollution, and other related topics.

Furthermore, on October 27th, the public is encouraged to join OMCA for its annual, museum-wide Day of the Dead community celebration from 12-4:30 pm. Admission also includes access to all permanent Galleries and special exhibitions, demonstrations of traditional Mesoamerican arts and cooking, local musicians, and Day of the Dead-inspired craft activities. For more information, visit

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