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Torpedo Factory Art Center Celebrates Day of the Dead

Woman by grave during the Alumbrada portion of Day of the Dead in San Andres Mixquic, Mexico City by Thelmadatter. Courtesy of WikiCommons.

Woman by grave during the Alumbrada portion of Day of the Dead in San Andres Mixquic, Mexico City by Thelmadatter. Courtesy of WikiCommons.

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Event: Thursday, October 13 from 6pm to 9pm

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The Torpedo Factory Art Center celebrates Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos, this month for Second Thursday Art night on Thursday, October 13; 6 – 9 pm. The evening features live music, a hands-on silkscreening project, gallery receptions, and more.

With October being Domestic Violence Awareness Month, visitors are asked to bring household goods for home warming baskets. Drop-off is in Target Gallery as part of A (Mis)Perceived Physique: Bodyscapes by Three Women Artists and will continue through the close of the exhibition on Sunday, October 16.

Full Schedule:

  • 6 – 9 pm
    • Paulette Palacios, the winter 2016 Post-Graduate Resident, has created work that incorporates Day of the Dead themes. She will lead visitors in a progressive silkscreening activity with ink stations located throughout the building.
    • Jihee Kang, the fall 2016 Post-Graduate Resident, guides people to create three-dimensional paper sugar-skulls.
    • Marking Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Target Gallery will have The Clothesline Project on view as part of A (Mis)Perceived Physique. This display of vividly decorated t-shirts strung on a clothesline bears witness to domestic violence and the strength to survive.
  •  7:30 pm
    • The Art League (Studio 21) hosts openings for Transformations: Tapestries in Glass, featuring contemporary mosaics by Anita Bucsay Damron, and Op-Ed, which challenged artists to create work that provokes a reaction, juried by photographer David Bellard.
  • Throughout the Building
    • The Associates Gallery (Studio 311) hosts a reception for Upside Down, Inside Out: The Fanciful in Daily Life, featuring three-dimensional fiber work by Erika Cleveland.
    • The Alexandria Archaeology Museum (Studio 327) stays open late to welcome visitors to see artifacts that have been uncovered in Alexandria, including the ship that was recently unearthed on Union Street.

Torpedo Factory Art Center is located at 105 N. Union St., Alexandria, VA.