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CaptionRene Yañez was one of the first curators to introduce the contemporary concept of Mexico's Day of the Dead to the United States with Rooms for the Dead and Labyrinth for the Dead at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Since the early 1970s René Yañez has been instrumental in establishing the Day of the Dead as an important cultural celebration. With co-director Ralph Maradiaga the celebrations were marked by increasingly large exhibitions ceremonies processions and school-based activities. They quickly spread beyond the Mission District encompassing various communities in the Bay Area California the American Southwest and back home to Mexico. __________ Rene Yáñez is a founder and former Artistic Director of San Francisco's Galeria de la Raza. Active as both a visual and performance arts curator and artist Yáñez co-founded the successful Chicano performance trio Culture Clash. In 1998 he received the “Special Trustees Award in Cultural Leadership” from the San Francisco Foundation for his long-standing contribution to the cultural life of the Bay Area. ____________ The list of artists he supported at early stages of their careers reads like a who's who of internationally-recognized Latino artists including Rupert García Guillermo Gómez-Peña Ester Hernández Yolanda López Carmen Lomas-Garza Enrique Chagoya Amalia Mesa-Bains Gronk and ASCO. Yáñez is widely recognized for his innovative art projects that promote a greater awareness of our culturally diverse society. ____ Throughout his decades of work in the arts René has remained a stalwart supporter of grass-roots organizations and community artists collaborating with organizations such as SomArts Oakland Museum of California Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Kearny Street Workshop Mission Cultural Center and the San Francisco Arts Commission. He has been a strong role model and vital cultural force in the San Francisco arts community.
HeadlineRene Yanez brought Dia de los Muertos and Latin culture's greatest contribution to global culture to the art world
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