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Unformatted text preview: IS-1100 Roger Saathoff November 5, 2007 Dia de los Muertos For a multi-cultural experience I visited the Dia de los Muertos event at the International Cultural Center. Traditionally Dia de los Muertos is a holiday that Mexico uses to celebrate their deceased. However the holiday is very bright and colorful and many artists make express the holiday in different ways. When I arrived at the exhibit they had a traditional Mexican mariachi band playing and many different types of art. The art all pretty much had the same basic ideas with their being skeletons in every piece. However the artwork was all very colorful and bright. Each piece had several designs incorporated into the skeletons. One section of the exhibit had an incredible display of children's work. The kids art work was very good and they were only in the 8th and 9th grades. I never realized that this holiday was celebrated as widely as it is. My favorite piece however was a photograph titled "Dead Drifters" in Lesley Novlin's Dia de los Muertos in Oaxaca collection. The collection is four or five photographs that are taken in black and white. This particular one is three people dressed up in somewhat of skull costumes and are walking down a dirt road. According to the price list of the exhibit this photograph is worth $220. It's not a bad price for the size and quality of the picture. Overall this exhibit really openend my eyes toward the Mexican culture. I didn't think celebrating the dead would be colorful but the holiday celebrates the good those people did in their lives. ...
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- Fall '07