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Check out the sweet skullduggery at the Denver Public Library

"Colorado": Celebrating the home state.EXPAND
"Colorado": Celebrating the home state.

Halloween is long gone, but the Day of the Dead is a holiday that keeps on giving. An exhibit in the grand hall of the downtown Denver Public Library features staff-produced riffs on the tradition of decorated sugar skulls that provides -- well, plenty of food for thought.

We could rattle on about the adornment or masking of death, substituting celebration for fear, or the use of a universal typology in the service of culture-specific themes. Or we could just shut up and enjoy the show on view below.

Pictured: The homey hayseed "Rustic" contrasts with the urban glitter of "Bling"; a group portrait of "Celestial" and "Summer"; and entries titled "Headache" and "A. Phobia," which demonstrate that even the dead aren't exempt from the ills and anxieties of modern life.

Check out the sweet skullduggery at the Denver Public Library

Check out the sweet skullduggery at the Denver Public Library


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