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The piece was created in 2008 as homage to Karen Boccalero and Day of the Dead using a discarded filing cabinet. It was first exhibited a The Hive Gallery and Studios. Each drawer (below) is interactive; select a drawer to see a little bit of four favorite cemeteries: Evergreen Cemetery in East Los Angeles Angelus Rosedale Cemetery Westwood Memorial Cemetery The Los Angeles Pet Cemetery in Calabasas. This exhibit is on display at the Studio for Southern California History.
Altar to Karen Boccalero
Karen Boccalero was a Franciscan nun who created Self-Help Graphics, a center for printmaking and Chicano art in Boyle Heights, where she grew up. Italian American Boccalero re-popularized the Mexican tradition of the Day of the Dead also known as El Dia de los Muertos. She saw this lost tradition as something vital to the Mexican Americans in her community in the 1970s. Now the tradition is visible throughout Southern California during late October and early November. Much of the work done at Self-Help Graphics is archived at the University of California at Santa Barbara.
 
This art installation builds off of a Studio for Southern California History Lesson Plan for creating a Memory Trunk. In this case we used a discarded filing cabinet to be the illustrative container or "trunk.” Sharon Sekhon, Nancy Bautista, Bob Drwila, Rosa Mazon.
 
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Evergreen Cemetery in East Los Angeles Westwood Memorial Cemetery Los Angeles Pet Cemetery in Calabasas