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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.

El espíritu del Día de los Muertos 

26 de agosto – 11 de diciembre 

Por primera vez en su historia, el McClung Museum celebrará las tradiciones profundamente arraigadas y el colorido espíritu del Día de los Muertos en otoño de 2022.

El espíritu del Día de los Muertos pondrá de relieve la rica historia de esta celebración mexicana, que rememora y homenajea con sentimiento artístico a los seres queridos difuntos. 

La exposición incluirá ofrendas, o altares, tradicionales y contemporáneos, que demuestran la dedicación y evolución de esta celebración multicultural. Se expondrán instalaciones únicas, creadas por participantes de la comunidad de Knoxville, así como obras de arte de artistas locales. Los eventos festivos, la programación y la instalación interactiva que acompañan la muestra mejorarán la experiencia de los visitantes. La exposición ha sido impulsada, en gran medida, por un grupo asesor conformado por miembros de la comunidad, tanto del campus de la UT como externos a él. 


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Special thanks to our sponsors. The exhibition is presented by the University of Tennessee Division of Diversity and Engagement with additional support provided by Tennessee Arts Commission and Susana Navarro-Valenti.   

This project was supported in whole or in part by federal award number 21.027 awarded to Knox County by the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Arts & Culture Alliance.

Museum Co-curators:

Martha Baltazar

Adriane Tafoya


Advisory Group: 

Jacqueline Avila, PhD 

Associate Professor of Musicology 

School of Music, University of Tennessee 

Megan Barolet-Fogarty, PhD
Director of Youth and Family Engagement, Centro Hispano de East Tennessee 

Susana Navarro-Valenti  

Rosie Noriega, Volunteer President
Latino Task Force 

De Ann Pendry 

Distinguished Lecturer, UT Department of Anthropology 

Jacqueline Padilla
Director of Operations, Centro Hispano de East Tennessee  

Rossy Toledo, MFA 

Distinguished Lecturer, Acting LPD Second-Year Spanish, UT Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures 

Pedro Tomás

President, HoLa Hora Latina and UT Faculty  

Jaquelina Schmittlen

After School Program Coordinator, Centro Hispano de East Tennessee 

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