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Día de los Muertos: An Artist Talk with Cinthya Santos-Briones

November 9, 2023 , 6:30pm 8:00pm

chapel ofrenda altar installation

Artist, educator, and cultural organizer Cinthya Santos-Briones will discuss the inspiration for her installation, Mictlán, a large-scale community ofrenda in celebration of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). On view in Green-Wood’s Historic Chapel, the altar draws inspiration from both ancient and modern conceptions of death in Mexico.

Price: Free. Registration required.

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The title, Mictlán, refers to an underworld of Aztec mythology where souls of the departed spend eternity. Cinthya will be joined in conversation with Elena Ketelsen Gonzalez, an Assistant Curator at MoMA PS1, where she works with artists, activists, and organizations to create programs and exhibitions. 

This talk will take place in the Modern Chapel. There will be an opportunity afterward to visit and contribute to the ofrenda in the Historic Chapel. 

Santos-Briones is a visual artist, educator, and cultural organizer with indigenous Nahua roots based in New York. Her photography has been published in The New York TimesVogueBuzzfeedThe InterceptThe New Yorker, and The Nation Magazine, among others. Mictlán is her first large-scale installation. To learn more about her work and current projects, click here.

Free. Registration required. Please consider a donation to the Green-Wood Historic Fund so that we can continue to offer free and low-cost programs throughout the year.


  • Attendees must follow ALL instructions and guidance from Cemetery staff and ambassadors.
  • Where to go: Contactless check-in will take place at the Modern Chapel near the Main Entrance at Fifth Avenue and 25th Street (500 25th Street).