Friday, October 22, 2010

Visiting expert to speak on Mexican Day of the Dead

An expert in Latin American art will visit Finger Lakes Community College on Friday, Oct. 29, to talk about the Mexican holiday El Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead.)

The lecture, “El Dia de Los Muertos: The Mexican Celebration of Life,” is free and open to the public. It begins at 12:30 p.m. in Stage 13, on the second floor of the FLCC main campus, 3325 Marvin Sands Dr., just outside the city of Canandaigua.

Susan Aberth, assistant professor of art history at Bard College, will provide a visual survey of the altars, food, objects, and cemetery observances connected with El Dia de los Muertos.

Due to construction on campus, parking is available in the Constellation Brands Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center lot, accessible off Route 364. Handicapped parking is available in front of the main building, accessible from the Lakeshore Drive entrance.

El Dia de los Muertos is celebrated annually on Nov. 2 and combines the Spanish Catholic feast of All Soul's Day and with rituals that go back to the ancient indigenous peoples of Mexico. They believed the souls of the dead returned each year to visit their living relatives.

Susan Aberth received her Ph.D. in art history from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. In her current position at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, she specializes in Latin American art.

Aberth’s presentation is sponsored by the New York Council for the Humanities, a state-affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For information on her lecture, call (585) 785-1623.

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