Día de Muertos Projections

November 1, 2020 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
PAM Courtyard

Free event – no tickets needed

Día de Muertos (Day of Dead) is the annual Mexican celebration of life to remember deceased loved ones. Our festivities this year have been reimagined thanks to lead organizer La Malinche PDX, in partnership with the Portland Art Museum, PNCA, and Portland Center Stage at The Armory. For a full list of all events taking place at different locations between October 26 to November 1 please visit our shared Facebook event page.

As in previous years, the concluding Día de Muertos event will take place at the Portland Art Museum. While we cannot gather indoors for our usual celebration, join us outdoors after dark in the museum courtyard for a series of large-scale artist projections that will take us on a journey of the mythic Aztec hero Quetzalcoatl, accompanied by its guardian dog, a Xoloitzcuintle. The journey is a descent to the Aztec underworld, passing through nine levels to the land of the dead ones, Mictlán, where souls dilute into the infinite, and where they become part of the universe, the life, the everything. The stunning story and animated projections have been created by Anabel Uyana, a visual artist based in Ecuador and will be presented in collaboration with Portland-based Mobile Projection Unit, accompanied with sound by Gerardo Calderon.

This one-night “pop-up” outdoor projection installation will be held in the Portland Art Museum courtyard on November 1 from 6:30-9:30 PM.

The animated projection is about 4 minutes long and will play on a continuous loop.  We are encouraging a one-way flow through the courtyard, with the entrance at SW Park and the exit at SW 10th.  Please be mindful of your time and make room for others.

This event will adhere to Covid19 health and safety guidelines. Face coverings are required and everyone is asked to maintain social distance of 6’ from others. If you have a fever or cough, or are you experiencing any Covid-19 symptoms or have been exposed to anyone with these symptoms, we ask that you stay home and do your part to keep our community healthy and safe.


The Portland Art Museum is pleased to offer accommodations to ensure that our programs are accessible and inclusive. All spaces for this program are accessible by wheelchair. Assistive listening devices are also available for lectures. All restrooms have accessible stalls but no power doors. There are single-stall all-gender bathrooms available. Please ask staff for directions.

We will do our best to accommodate your needs when you arrive, however, we need 2-3 weeks advance notice for some specific requests. Please email requests to access@pam.org, or call 503-226-2811.

Dia de los Muertos