As San Antonio prepares to mark Día de los Muertos, the Briscoe Western Art Museum is sharing a unique collection of Huichol art, offering more than 18 artworks handcrafted in celebration of the Day of the Dead. Briscoe Western Art Museum’s Almas Creativas: A Tribute to Mexican Huichol Art is a pop-up exhibit co-hosted with Day of the Dead San Antonio, San Antonio’s new citywide annual celebration of Día de los Muertos.
The works on display represent the intricate craftsmanship and talents of the Huichol people, descendants of the Aztec who live in the mountains of the Mexican states of Jalisco and Nayarit. Each piece in the collection was handcrafted bead by bead by Huichol artisans, with each piece featuring more than 2 million beads. Known around the world for its vibrant color and intricate detail, the artwork of the Huichol tribe reflects a reverent and symbiotic relationship with nature. The cultural traditions weave together the ancient symbology of the art with the visionary experiences of each artisan.
The Almas Creativas exhibit includes a series of giant calaveras, the smiling skulls that are synonomous with Día de los Muertos, as well as catrinas. One of the strongest and most recognizable symbols of Day of the Dead celebrations, the happy female skeletons featured in the exhibit include artist Frida Kahlo and beloved Mexican actress María Felíx.
Each of the pieces featured in Almas Creativas was handcrafted by Huichol artisans at Menchaca Studio in Mexico. Artist and studio director Cesar Menchaca founded the studio to help share the Huichol work and spotlight its incredible beauty and craftsmanship.
November 1 from 6:00 – 9:00pm
Catrinas on the River Parade Party
Everyone is invited to celebrate the inaugural Catrinas on the River Parade at the Briscoe. To learn more, click here.
November 2 from 10:00am – 2:00pm
Day of the Dead Activities in Clingman Education Gallery
Bring your Day of the Dead Festival ticket and receive half of museum admission!