Ofrenda Altars at Detroit Institute of Arts

Appreciate the conceptual ofrenda altars depicting people, places and the city at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Oct. 21-Nov. 6, 2016.

Don’t mourn the dead, but celebrate life with the temporary exhibit Ofrenda Altars at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Oct. 21-Nov. 6, 2016. The exhibit displays memorials and depicts the origins and contemporary customs of Mexican ofrenda traditions by incorporating sugar skulls, flowers, favorite foods, mementos, photos and a variety of other media into masterful art displays.

Ofrendas traditionally coincide with Día de los Muertos (the traditional Mexican Day of the Dead) and serve as memorials to honor deceased loved ones. But many modern day versions pay homage to places, memories and ideas the ofrenda creator feel are worth celebrating.

Fourteen ofrendas are part of this year’s exhibit, titled Ofrendas: Celebrating el Día de Muertos. The ofrendas will commemorate artists, people and places of Detroit’s Delray neighborhood, Mexican writers, scientists and inventors – and much more.

This year, the public is welcome to contribute to the exhibit by submitting photos of their loved ones on Instagram. Include the name of your loved one, years they lived – and be sure to tag it with #DIAofrendas2016. Your photo may just pop up in a slideshow at the exhibit!

Want to learn more about the ofrendas? The artists behind the displays will hold a chat at 3 p.m. Nov. 6.

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In addition to the exhibit, families can enjoy special activities to celebrate Día de los Muertos, including a sugar skull workshop 6-9 p.m. each Friday in October, Marionetas de la Esquina puppet performances at 2 p.m. on Oct. 22-23 and Aztec cultural demos at 2 p.m. on Oct. 29-30.

Don’t miss out on a special Día de los Muertos-themed live dance performances by Ballet Folklórico de Detroit 1 and 3 p.m. Nov. 5.

Check out this immersive exhibit, Oct. 21-Nov. 6, 2016, to see how local artists’ ofrendas celebrate life and shed light on Mexican culture.

The exhibit’s open regular museum hours, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

Admission to the exhibit is free with museum admission, which runs $12.50 for adults, $8 for seniors 62-plus and $6 for kids 6-17. But, if you’re a Wayne, Oakland or Macomb county resident, general admission is completely free.

Want to learn more about the Ofrenda Altars exhibit at the Detroit Institute of Arts? Be sure to swing by the Metro Parent calendar!