[exhibit] Día de Los Muertos 2020: Living Legacies:

SOMArts’ annual Día de Los Muertos exhibition is open to the public, with donation-based, timed ticketed entry

Living Legacies: Día de Los Muertos 2020
Where: SOMArts Cultural Center
Prices: $10.

To stream, visit: twitch.tv/somarts


About this Event

Now in its 21st year, SOMArts’ annual Día de Los Muertos exhibition is one of the most internationally diverse Day of the Dead celebrations in the United States.

Founded by beloved San Francisco artist and curator René Yañez, Día de Los Muertos at SOMArts merges traditional altars with contemporary installations, continuing to be a multigenerational gathering of remembrance while asserting the role of art as a platform for collective action.

Living Legacies: Día de Los Muertos 2020 is a call to action for our responsibility to future generations. It is a call to use the strengths and lessons of our ancestors in this history we’re currently living through.

This exhibition recognizes that the status quo has continued to fail communities of color while holding space for collective grief, mourning, and resilience in the face of systemic oppression. Featuring a specially curated roster of artists for an exhibit of monumental space and imagination, curators Rio Yañez and Carolina Quintanilla encapsulate the urgency of our moment and light our path forward.




Living Legacies: Día de Los Muertos 2020 runs Saturday, October 10–Friday, November 6, 2020 with timed ticketing entry.

Tickets are available with the suggested donation of $10, with no one turned away for lack of funds. During this time when so many artists and organizations are struggling financially, we deeply appreciate your support!

Ensuring the safety of our guests and staff is of utmost importance to us, and we’ve provided information below to help plan your visit:



To ensure space for social distancing, all guests must reserve a ticket for a specific date and entry time. Tickets are available every 30 minutes. So if you reserve a ticket for 12:00pm, you have until 12:30 to arrive.

If you arrive after your ticketed entry “window” of 30 minutes, SOMArts staff may need to delay your entry until social distancing guidelines allow us to let you in.

Be prepared to give your name at check in (you do not need to print your ticket or have it ready to scan).
All guests are required to sign in upon arrival for contact tracing purposes. The form will be accessible by a QR code and all information submitted is confidential. If you are having difficulty or do not have access to a smartphone, a SOMArts staff member will be available to assist you. Children will need a parent or guardian to fill out a form for them.

If you need assistance or have questions during your visit, please contact a SOMArts staff member. They will be located at the check in desk and throughout the building, and can be identified by their badge.


Mandatory Building Guidelines:

If you have a cough, fever, or have come in contact with someone who has been sick, we request that you do not visit SOMArts.
Observe and follow signage.

All guests, including children over the age of 3, must wear a face mask at all times. Do not wear vented masks. Guests not observing this guideline will be asked to leave.

Maintain 6 feet distance between yourself and other persons not within your household.

Wash and sanitize your hands after touching any surfaces. SOMArts has touchless sanitizer dispensers throughout the building.

Learn more about SOMArts COVID–19 safety plan by visiting somarts.org/welcomeback


Exhibiting Artists


Adrian Arias

Adriana Garcia

Ayana Ivery

Candi Farlice

Jos Sances

Malaya Tuyay & Samantha Espinoza

Paola de la Calle

Tosha Stimage

Tricia Rainwater–Tutweiler

Victor-Mario Zaballa in collaboration with Milena Moser, Dean & Juliet MacCannell & Todd Hanson


Rio Yañez

Carolina Quintanilla


To stream, visit: twitch.tv/somarts