News Release: Eiteljorg Museum celebrates Día de los Muertos with free admission

Eiteljorg Museum Day of the Dead

News Release: Eiteljorg Museum celebrates Día de los Muertos with free admission

1. Catrinas

INDIANAPOLIS – The community is invited to the Eiteljorg Museum for a Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration on Saturday, Oct. 27, when admission is free. Nopal Cultural, a local Latino arts organization, and the Eiteljorg are partnering on the celebration that features music, art-making, dancing and a parade of catrinas, which are elegantly-dressed models in skeleton makeup.

Día de los Muertos is the traditional Mexican holiday celebrating the lives of departed loved ones. The free, family-friendly Día de los Muertoscelebration takes place at the Eiteljorg from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 27 and will bring together local artists to share their artwork with visitors. Shop at a mercado (marketplace) featuring local artisans, meet community organizations, dress up and take a selfie in the photo booth and create holiday-inspired art. Learn about Spanish Colonial tin work and create a tin ornament with New Mexico artist Richard Gabriel Jr., and pull prints with Chicago artist Ricardo X. Serment from Instituto Gráfico de Chicago.

Watch performances at the museum, including: Meztlí Cultural, John Alvarado and Classical Music Indy, Anderson Ballet Folklórico presented by Meztlí Cultural, Xochitl, Indianapolis Women’s Chorus, Ballet Folklórico Mosaicos and more. The celebration will culminate with a parade of catrinas.

2. Altar

Also at the Eiteljorg Museum’s Lilly Theater each day through Nov. 2, see a special exhibit of contemporary artwork and ofrendas (altars) designed by local artists and community organizations honoring those who have passed on. Graphite drawings by artist John Vazquez feature influential Mexican composers and singers. See Vazquez’s work and listen to songs from these musicians when you visit the exhibit. Vazquez is a drawing and illustration/furniture design major at Herron School of Art & Design.

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The celebration is made possible in part by: The International Center, The Indianapolis Foundation (a CICF Affiliate), Christel DeHaan Family Foundation, The Penrod Society and Consulado de México en Indianápolis

About the Eiteljorg:

The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in White River State Park in downtown Indianapolis seeks to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the art, history and cultures of the American West and the Indigenous peoples of North America. Located on the Central Canal at 500 West Washington St., the Eiteljorg Museum recently was named one of the USA Today Readers’ Choice 10 Best Indiana Attractions.

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  1. The parade of catrinas, which features elegantly-dressed models for Día de los Muertos, is one of the highlights of the free celebration at the Eiteljorg Museum on Oct. 27.
  2. Ofrendas (altars) such as these are created by Nopal Cultural as well as various other community organizations and will be on exhibit at the Eiteljorg’s Lilly Theater through Nov. 2.


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