Isaias Urrabazo "Elizadeath" wood, paper, clay, acrylic paint Photo: PtD.
WHOM WERE YOU WEARING?: Isaias Urrabazo's "Elizadeath" is stunning in her shades of pinks, robust feathers and, oh, that frozen smile. . . The sculpture is one of the entries in the 16th Annual Life in Death Festival at Winchester Cultural Center. The festival is November 1 and 2 from 5 to 9 pm. Facebook.
TRADITION TOO COMMERCIAL?: There are purists who are concerned the meaning of Day of the Dead has jumped the dead shark. That it is a cultural gentrification, or appropriation, of a solemn ceremony of altars, ofrendas, for the deceased. Yet it's wider popularity has influenced how Mexico observes the indigenous Dia de Los Muertos. From the Los Angeles Times, In Mexico, Day of the Dead meets Halloween :
FIELD NOTES: FInal prep for "Bunko: The Lost Archives" was completed over the weekend. The MFA midway for the author of this blog, who is doing a late career dive back into academia, opens Monday, October 24 . . . Bunko Archives was launched in April to introduce the show. After the participation reception October 28 Bunko Archives will detail the research behind the recovered digital and object artifacts. . . . MEDIA NOTE: There are small moments that offer a tingle or inner buzz. One was to see the name of the exhibition be peeled off on Saturday. Another was to hear the intro at the top of KNPR's Friday broadcast about the exhibition. To paraphrase it: "More on Bunko, but first the news." The full interview, "Ed Fuentes And The Artist Known As 'Bunko,' " is up at KNPR.
Artist Mike Calway-Fagen is the next speaker for the 2016 UNLV Visiting Artist Lecture Series and he has new works up at Donna Beam Gallery. Before the 7 pm lecture at the Barrick, there will be an artist reception for banana strings at the Beam.
Above: Stephen Hendee created sculpture for the celebration of 30 years of public art programming in the City of Las Vegas.