*Image Soure: Día de Los Muertos – Student Altar Exhibit at VPAM – images from 2018 and 2019 , Prof. Angelita-Rovero’s CS 54 classes.
Paola Alfaro Geraldo
Chicana/o Studies 54: Mexican American Arts in American Culture, Professor Angelita Rovero
This presentation of ofrendas (offerings to the deceased) was the central focus of our Chicana/o studies 54 course. In this course, students participated in a curriculum emphasizing independent research and the creative process in constructing Día de Los Muertos ofrendas. Themes presented in the ofrendas were drawn from selected course-related topics, which reflect various aspects of Mexican and Chicana/o culture from the pre-Cuauhtemoc period well into the present.
Students completed weekly tasks such as creating 4 tiers to represent the 4 elements, 4 page biography, hand made skull/skeleton, central picture, 6 additional pictures with descriptions, name display and hand made flowers. Students then incorporated all of the course requirements into their own cultural ofrenda.
For their midterm exam, students had the option to pick a loved one that passed or a Chicana/o in the Arts. Students followed guidelines and weekly requirements along with a 4 page biography of the person they chose to honor in the creation of their ofrenda. In this virtual exhibit, students submitted a 2-3 minute video each, to explain their ofrenda. We hope you enjoy this virtual exhibit, all of our ELAC students’ creations are made with love and honor.
Image Source: Internet search 2020 for educational purposes.
Ofrendas Honoring Family Members – La Familia
Yesenia Flores Honoring Great Grandmother Severa Perez
Jennyfer Acosta Honoring Grandparents Cresenciano and Maria Manriquez
Alejandra Cerezo Honoring Grandmother Natalia Cerezo
Erica Osegura Honoring Grandmother Fortunata Rodriguez
Ana Mora Honoring Grandmother “Mamita”
Ruben Morales Honoring Grandmother Beatriz Ramos “Mima”
Jasmin Almazan Honoring Grandmother Amelia Campos
Clara Galarza Honoring Grandmother Esther
Jocelyn Arroyo Grandmother Alejandra Montes
Karina Nolasco Honoring Grandfather Arnulfo Nolasco Anzures
Francesca Gutierrez Honoring Grandfather Roberto Gutierrez
Andre Gomez Honoring Grandfather Jose Gomez
Armando Lira Honoring Grandfather Raymond “Ray” Durazo
Jennifer Delgado Honoring Father Jose Delgado
Luis Felix Honoring Father Jose Felix
Giana Ruiz Honoring Tia Flora and Tio Sergio
Gloria Diaz Honoring Son’s God Father Jimmy Huges
Cindy Marroquin Honoring Cousin Jennifer Ramos
Homage to Cultural Icons in the Arts
Janice Chavez Honoring Frida Kahlo
Isayana Lopez Honoring Lalo Guerrero
Jasmin Lozano Honoring Pedro Infante
Jocelyn Cortez Honoring Maria Felix
Reyna Quiroz Honoring Jose Montoya
Joselyn Velasquez Honoring Freddy Fender
Patricia Rico Honoring Lupe Ontiveros
Giselle Galindo Honoring Joan Sebastian
Mariah Puente Honoring Jose Jose
Samantha Silvestre Honoring Juan Gabriel
Paola Alfaro Geraldo Honoring Selena Quintanilla
Icela Adame Honoring Jenny Rivera
Zahir Ruiz Honoring Photographer Laura Aguilar (*please be advised Aguilar photo art 18 years and above content*)
Image Source: Día de Los Muertos Festival – Blessing 2019 at East Los Angeles College – Prof. Angelita Rovero’s CS 54 Class.