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The Spirit of Día de los Muertos

Dates: August 26–December 11, 2022


For the first time in its exhibition history the McClung Museum is celebrating the deeply-rooted traditions and colorful spirit of the Day of the Dead in fall 2022.

The Spirit of Día de los Muertos highlights the rich history of the Mexican celebration that honors and remembers loved ones passed with artistic sentimentality.

The exhibition presents traditional and contemporary ofrendas, or altars, displaying the dedication and evolution of the cross-cultural celebration. One-of-a-kind installations created by Knoxville community participants and artworks by local artists will be on view. The related festive events, programming, and interactive installation will enhance the visitor experience. This exhibition is largely driven by the community advisory group composed of members on and off the UT campus.

Museum Co-curators:

Martha Baltazar

Adriane Tafoya


Advisory Group: 

Jacky Avila

Megan Barolet-Fogarty

Rosie Noriega

Jacquie Padilla

De Ann Pendry

Rossy Toledo

Pedro Tomás

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