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Day of the Dead Celebration

Thursday, Nov 2, 2023 at 4:00 pm

Location: Kaufman Courtyard

Free Event!

From 4:00–6:30 p.m., celebrate Day of the Dead at Museum of the Moving Image with a performance by a presentation of Aztec Mexica dance, poetry, music from indigenous dance troupe Yayauhki Tezcatlipoka, and a face-painting session inspired by historical characters from Día de Muertos. All ages are welcome to explore our public altar in the Museum’s courtyard, followed by a catrina and catrin contest hosted by artist historian Rosa Ruíz and Catrinamía. 

All performances are free. For a discounted price we will offer a special 6:30 p.m. screening of Guillermo del Toro’s film The Devil’s Backbone (Rated R), which tells the story of Carlos, a 12-year-old boy recently placed in an orphanage. As soon as he arrives, the child notices the presence of a strange being. Progressively, Carlos discovers that this mysterious presence corresponds to a child brutally murdered in the past, whose ghost wanders aimlessly through the orphanage. 

Ticket holders receive a 10% discount across the street at Tacuba Cantina Mexicana, where guests can sample a special menu of traditional Day of the Dead foods, with altars on view (discount valid for November 2, 2023 only). 

Use code DAYOFTHEDEAD for 20% off tickets. 

This program is supported in part by ConEdison.