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Day of the Dead Ofrenda at the Mexican Cultural Institute

  • Mexican Cultural Institute 2829 16th Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20009 United States (map)

November 2-6 at the Mexican Cultural Institute

Don't miss the Mexican Cultural Institute's annual Ofrenda de Muertos! This well-known community event is a quintessentially Mexican tradition and one of our most colorful displays of the year.

As a continuation of the exhibit Silver on Silver, William Spratling an American in Taxco, this year's Ofrenda de Muertos is dedicated to the life and work of the enigmatic William Spratling and the Taxco silversmiths. The Ofrenda opens November 2nd at 6:45pm and will be on display to visitors and school groups until November 6th during regular hours.

William Spratling was an American adventurer, writer, collector, illustrator, architect, designer, and entrepreneur. In the 1920s he fell in love with Mexico and moved there with the intention of reviving its fledgling silver industry. Through the lens of design and craftsmanship Spratling and the silversmiths of Taxco helped turn the small Mexican town into an international center of design and silver production. In doing so, these men forged a new path for Taxco, harnessing design as tool of not only aesthetics, but of social transformation.