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November 12, 2001

'Day of the Dead' exhibit continues into December


Image of the first Dia de Los Muertos poster created  by CSUS professor Ricardo Favela in 1975.California State University, Sacramento celebrates a ritual the indigenous people of the North American continent have been practicing for more than 3,000 years with a Dia de Los Muertos art exhibit. The exhibit called "Masmuertos" includes works by CSUS professor Ricardo Favela and student Xico Gonzalez. "Masmuertos" is open from 7 a.m. - 11 p.m., Monday - Friday, in the second floor of the CSUS library and continues to Dec 12.

The exhibit coincides with Dia de Los Muertos, a Mesoamerican holiday that honors the dead. Today, in the United States and in Mexico's larger cities families build altars - consisting of everything from specially made breads to modern art collages - and dedicate them to the dead.

Favela is a CSUS art professor and a co-founder of the Royal Chicano Air Force, RCAF, an artist collective founded in Sacramento in 1969. Gonzalez is a CSUS art student and a member of the RCAF's fourth generation. The exhibit consists of RCFA silkscreen prints, mixed media on Amatl (Aztec) paper and an altar.

For more information call (916) 387-1021. Additional media assistance is available by contacting CSUS public affairs at (916) 278-6156.

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