Celebrating Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead has been a tradition at Palm Springs Art Museum for many years. Throughout the Coachella Valley, the holiday is a time to bring members of the community together and celebrate the tradition of remembrance. While we normally invite the public to the museum to participate in making altars and to enjoy events, music and food, this year the museum is currently closed due to COVID-19. We hope to open soon!
Instead, Sunnylands Center & Gardens has invited the public and various organizations in the area that are still closed to the public to create altars for Día de los Muertos in their gardens. Along with Sunnylands, Palm Springs Art Museum invites you to this special celebration.
This year, Palm Springs Art Museum has partnered with U.S. Representative for California Raul Ruiz M.D. to create a Community Altar to remember and honor those who have passed away from COVID-19.
“Dia de Los Muertos is a day to remember and honor those who have passed by celebrating their lives,” says Representative Ruiz. “This year, it is especially important to have a place of reflection and meaning for the more than 1,200 Riverside County residents who have died from COVID-19. At Palm Springs Art Museum’s Dia de Los Muertos celebration, we will remember and honor our loved ones, friends and neighbors we have lost. I am honored to be a part of this day of remembrance.”
Palm Springs Art Museum invites you 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. While 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).
The altars at Sunnylands will be on view from October 28 to November 1. Times are Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Thursday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Palm Springs Art Museum is a proud member of the Coachella Valley Days of Los Muertos Collective, which partners with important area organizations: Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert, Sunnylands Center & Gardens, Run with Los Muertos, Raices Cultura, Cabot’s Pueblo Museum, Palm Springs Cemetery District and Coachella Valley History Museum.