Betsabeé Romero: An Alter in Their Memory / Un Altar en Su Memoria
About the Exhibition
Traditional Día de Muertos ofrendas, or altars, are one of the most important collective and cultural celebrations still in practice in Mexico, and Betsabeé Romero (Mexico City, 1963) is one of the most important contemporary artists in Mexico working with the traditional elements and rituals of Day of the Dead altars while interpreting these traditions within a contemporary perspective.
For more than twenty years, Betsabeé Romero’s work has been involved in the research and production of contemporary ofrendas. Romero’s installations typically combine folk traditions of metal and paper art with contemporary social concerns (including immigration, gun violence and other social conditions within Mexico and the world).
Romero’s work has been displayed on five continents, with more than 100 individual exhibitions. Previous exhibitions have been held at the British Museum in London; the Mega Altar at the Mexico City’s Zocalo; le Grand Palais in Paris; the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC; the Rubin Center in El Paso, TX; the Nevada Museum of Art; the Neuberger Museum in Harrison, NY; the Nelson & Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, MO; the Anahuacalli Museum in Mexico City; the Recoleta Esplanade in Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Museo Casa Azul Frida Kahlo, among others.
While the exhibit centers around the Día de Muertos theme, it is also an homage to those deceased as a result of gun violence, as well as migrants who have died crossing the US-Mexico border.
Harry & Christina Lynch