La Calaca 2012
In honor of the Dragones of San Miguel de Allende, Casa Dragones presented a unique installation created by Mexican artist Eduardo Sarabia during the La Calaca Festival for Day of the Dead. Sarabia devised a photo set in the 400-year old La Casa Dragones representing an altar in honor of the Dragones, snapping Polaroid shots of guests dressed in festive costumes. The entire house was decorated for Day of the Dead, including ancient saddles, mojigangas, calacas, sugar skulls and marigolds, as party-goers enjoyed music by harpist Veronica Valerio, and DJ Tropicaza. Special guests included the Mayor Mauricio Trejo, artist Spencer Tunick, Bob and Veronique Pittman, Colin Cowie, Howard Stream, Cecilia Garza, Cristobal Riestra, Diego de Haro, Gabriela Ehrenberg and Javier Sordo. Friends also joined together at Hotel Matilda for a “Black Dinner” prepared by Chef Martha Ortiz with a special pairing of Casa Dragones.
During the 4-day weekend, the first annual La Calaca Arts Festival for Day of the Dead bustled with excitement, as revelers joined together to honor loved ones and celebrate death. Featured art included a photo installation by artist Spencer Tunick, giant skull sculptures by artists, the San Juan de Dios Cemetery decorated with tens of thousands of marigolds by Rachel Horn and Justin Kreizel, and sensational Earth Harp performances in the central Jardin by Andrea Brook and Onyay Pheori.