The spirit of Dia de los Muertos can be found year-round in our city, in various shops and homes and museums, but we're afforded few chances to truly walk among and through the calaveras that are about our size, and see the skeletons up close, and ponder the holiday in a new way.
Artist George Newnam's Casa de Calaveras, a fall staple in Orange County, offers Dia devotees this chance. A chance to see life-size skeletons in playful hats and dress, standing in scenes that evoke and comment upon our mortal world, and the veil, and what's beyond.
We've talked about this exquisite and one-of-a-kind exhibit in the past, and we wanted to make mention of it again, since Mr. Newnam's calaveras will be returning to two locations for a single day each. And since neither of those days happen over November 1 or 2, or Halloween weekend, you'll want to make note now, if you've been hoping to experience the Casa.
Sunday, Oct. 24 is the first showing, and the location will be the San Juan Capistrano Library. The second show will be Sunday, Nov. 7 at the Bowers Museum, an institution that has hosted Casa de Calaveras in the past.