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The Philadelphia Folklore Project invites the public to La Ofrenda, an altar installation by renowned artist César Viveros with inspiration and input from members of South Philadelphia’s Mexican community.
La Ofrenda captures stories of hope, resilience, faith, fear and strength that are pillars of home altar-making practices within Mexican immigrant communities in our city.
These stories, and the aesthetics of these home altars, serve as inspiration for Viveros as he creates a large-scale altar in the 9th Street commercial corridor in South Philadelphia. This exhibition/installation explores one aspect of Mexican immigrants’ cultural life, and celebrates the memory of Ana Guissell Palma, Viveros’ late partner, award-winning artist and former collaborator on this project.
Cesar Viveros has spent over 15 years creating public art in the United States and in his native Mexico. Renowned primarily for his murals, he also makes sculptures, frescoes, mosaics and feather work; he’s a noted participant in Aztec dances and ceremonies as well.
“Please join the Philadelphia Folklore Project staff,” says Sinta Penyami Storms, Folklore Project Community Outreach Manager, “and members of the South Philadelphia Mexican community throughout the month of September as we expand our understanding of Mexican home altar traditions and honor their vibrancy and deep meaning.”
Saturday, September 7 – 3:00-6:00 pm.
Thursday, September 12, 19 and 26 – 5:00-7:00 pm.
Special Presentation by national award-winning California altaristas Ofelia and Rosanna Esparza
Saturday, September 28 – 5:00-7:00 pm. (Limited seating. More details to come.)
See the Philadelphia Folklore Project website: www.folkloreproject.org; or contact the office for more information: 215.726.1106.