Get Inspired by Día de los Muertos

Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead is a holiday about celebration and remembrance. Families gather, and through storytelling and other traditions, they honor their heritage and remember their loved ones who have passed away.

Día de los Muertos is observed on November 1 (All Saints Day) and November 2 (All Souls Day) and is a fusion of Mesoamerican traditions and Catholic influences. It is traditionally celebrated in parts of Mexico and Latin America, as well as among those of Mexican heritage in the United States and around the world.

In the United States, Day of the Dead is celebrated in a community setting with events that combine altar-making, art, music, and food.

While the museum is closed, Palm Springs Art Museum invites you to visit Sunnylands Wed., Oct 28 through Sun., Nov. 1 where we have created a Community Altar to remember those who have fallen to COVID-19. Visitors are encouraged to write the name of a loved one or a note and to bring it with you to leave in the message box at the altar. Since we cannot welcome guests to the museum at this time, the Community Altar also celebrates the life and work of a selection of artists in our collection of Latin heritage. These include Gunther Gerzso (Mexican, 1915-2000), Roberto Matta (Chilean, 1911-2002), Ana Mendieta (Cuban, 1948-1985), and David Alfaro Siquerios (Mexican, 1896-1974).

We also hope you and your loved ones will participate in the activities below inspired by Día de los Muertos.