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Art of life and death

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Photo courtesy of Zarco Guerrero

The Día de Los Muertos tradition in Arizona was almost unknown when Chicano artist Zarco Guerrero and the art group Xicanindio revived the Aztec rite in Mesa. The nonprofit staged the first festival in Pioneer Park in 1980. Today, this Mexican holiday is almost as popular as Cinco de Mayo. 

That’s why the Arizona Latino Cultural Center (ALAC) will honor Zarco with a special one-man, multimedia exhibition titled Calacas y más from October 3 through November 30. The show also commemorates the 30-year anniversary of the first festival.

The show will display photographs of past community celebrations, masks, paintings, large puppets, sculptures, ofrendas (altar offerings) and a special Día de Los Muertos art installation. 

ALAC is located in downtown Phoenix at 147 E. Adams. For more information about ALAC, visit alacaz.org.  

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