| Art |

Check out the sweet skullduggery at the Denver Public Library

Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

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.

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.