Teaching & Learning in the museum district
Geoff Winningham Illuminates Día de los Muertos
Sendero de maravillas, Puebla (1989)
"Heaven, just heaven" this is how Professor Geoff Winningham describes the incense or "copal." Really, in my perspective, it is how he describes all of Día de Los Muertos. A few years after he first came to Mexico, he met his forever friend, Felix. Prof. Winningham sat down in a chair in Felix's home and he waited for the evening, which is when your loved ones' spirits come back to life. When it happened, Prof. Winningham said that he could feel the presence of his lost parents. "If you believe it will happen, it will." His Día de Los Muertos presentation wasn't just a speech, it was a memory to hold on to, a trip to Mexico, but most of all, to me, truly it was one of those times that makes your childhood worth remembering.
-Eve Kroencke, 5th grade
Professor Geoff Winningham is an award-winning journalist, filmmaker and photographer based in Houston. He has taught photography at Rice University for over 45 years and has been studying Mexico and Mexican festivals for over 30 years. His photographs have been widely exhibited and collected by major museums throughout the United States and Mexico and he is the recipient of two Guggenheim Fellowships and five grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. Invited by Spanish teacher Eby Harvey, he came to Presbyterian School on October 22 to speak to the entire 5th Grade class as well as one section of 7th Grade Spanish.
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