Alright, so it’s Monday. Back to reality after the holiday weekend. Now that we’re past the national mid-point of summer, it’s time to focus on making the most of the next two months. What am I doing to pursue this goal? Great question. Let’s start with taking advantage of the homework-free weeknights by exploring the city. Minneapolis and St. Paul are packed with events over the next six weeks and the best part is that most of them are FREE…
*UPDATE: Reservations for the film are full. In the case of no-shows, seating may become available on a first come, first served basis at the door. We invite you to participate in the evening’s other happenings. At 3:00 p.m., artist Monica Vega will lead a guided tour of the ofrendas she’s constructed. And, from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., join a reception with Vega, filmmaker Francesco Taboada Tabone, Emiliano Zapata’s grandson Don Manuel Manrique Zapata, and Cuernavaca city officials, complete with complimentary food from Cafe Ena.*
2019 commemorates one hundred years of remembrance of the life and lucha of visionary Mexican revolutionary hero Emiliano Zapata. El Caudillo del Sur, as he was nicknamed for leading the fight for Mexican Indigenous rights and agrarian reform, was born in Anenecuilco, Morelos, Mexico. An important year to honor and uplift stories of struggle, triumph, and resistance, Minnesota and Morelos are coming together to share in this deep history, and we invite you to join us during Días de los Muertos (Days of the Dead).
On Saturday, November 2nd starting at 3:00 p.m., local Mexican folk artist Monica Vega will lead a talk about the tradition of Días de los Muertos and the significance of ofrenda-making. Visitors will have the opportunity to participate in building the ofrenda by creating a small item of Zapata’s remembrance under the guidance of the artist. Attendees will also be able to take home a small obsequio that they have personally made on-site to help them remember the importance of Zapata’s life on enriching Mexican culture and identity.
At 4:00 p.m., we’ll present the documentary film Los Últimos Zapatistas, Héroes Olvidados (The Last Zapatistas, Forgotten Heroes), followed by a community conversation and reception with Cuernavaca-based filmmaker Francesco Taboada Tabone, Emiliano Zapata’s grandson Don Manuel Manrique Zapata, and Monica Vega.
All the above programming is free and open to the public. While there is no cost to view the film, we ask that you please register in advance here. The community ofrenda will be available for viewing from Friday, November 1st to Sunday, November 3rd during regular museum hours.
The celebration will be attended by dignitaries of the Cuernavaca Sister City delegation hosted by Mayor Jacob Frey and Council Member Alondra Cano. Next year, this Sister City relationship will give way to a more sustained Mexican traditional and folk arts exchange between Minneapolis-based artists and Mexican master artists. We thank the Minnesota State Arts Board for their generous support.
We also thank our current project collaborators: the City of Minneapolis, Meet Minneapolis, Minneapolis-Cuernavaca Sister City Association, the Minnesota Vikings, and Cine Latino.
To read more about the Flores de Zapata event and collaboration, please keep checking www.mplsdiasdelosmuertos.com
A detailed schedule can be found below >>
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. | Interactive ofrenda activities and a guided tour of Monica Vega’s ofrenda
4:00 – 5:15 p.m. | Los Últimos Zapatistas, Héroes Olvidados screening
5:15 – 6:00 p.m. | Post-film community conversation with filmmaker Francesco Taboada Tabone, Don Manuel Manrique Zapata, and Monica Vega
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. | Reception with artists and Cuernavaca officials