Paper marigolds in the Library

Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) Altar

Wed, 10/25/2023 - 5:00pm to Wed, 11/22/2023 - 5:00pm
Ethnic & Gender Studies Collection

UCSB Library is pleased to present a Dia de los Muertos altar created by students from UCSB’s Las Maestras Center. This student project is in conjunction with the Library's new exhibition Cultura Cura: 50 Years of Self Help Graphics in East LA.  

Please join us for two events at the altar:

  • Wed., 10/25/2023, 4:00-4:45pm for an informal presentation by the UCSB student creators with an introduction from Professor Cherrie Moraga.
  • Wed., 11/1/2023, 6:00pm for a Vigil and Ofrenda. Everyone is welcome to attend and bring a picture or an ofrenda for a loved one.

Self Help Graphics & Art (SHG) has developed one of the most popular Dia de los Muertos events in Los Angeles, and the longest running public commemoration of its kind in the country for nearly 50 years.

The Library's California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives includes an extensive collection of SHG studio silk screen prints and slides, as well as organizational records, photographs, and ephemera. SHG was founded in the early 1970s, during the height of the Chicano Civil Rights movement, by artists Carlos Bueno, Antonio Ibaez, Frank Hernandez, and Sister Karen Boccalero.