J.V. Decemvirale, newly appointed assistant professor of art and design at CSUSB, will present his lecture titled “A Decolonial Excavation of the Days of the Dead” at the university’s Robert and Frances Fullerton Art Museum (RAFFMA), Thursday, Dec. 7, at 5:30 p.m.

In this lecture, attendees will have the opportunity to explore the origins of the Day of the Dead in Los Angeles at Self Help Graphics. Following extensive research cataloging the first five years of this beloved Chicano tradition, this lecture offers an in-depth overview of the first iterations of the celebration in East Los Angeles from 1973-1978. Detailing how the festivity became increasingly popular in East Los Angeles, the lecture will offer an introductory overview into one of Los Angeles’ most important socially engaged and collaborative artworks. 

We invite everyone to attend our upcoming lecture, which will be held both in person and online via Zoom. To join virtually, register via Zoom.

This lecture is concurrent with the exhibition “Dia de Los Muertos at Self Help Graphics: A Cultural Legacy, Past, Present, and Future” at the Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art at Cal State San Bernardino. The exhibition runs through Dec. 16.


The Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art, nationally accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, serves a dual mission to exhibit and collect both ancient and contemporary art. It hosts temporary exhibitions throughout the year. Located at California State University, San Bernardino, RAFFMA presents one of the largest public displays of ancient Egyptian art in Southern California.

The museum offers a variety of opportunities providing valuable hands-on work experience and preparation for future museum-related careers for CSUSB students. It is also a great museum for K-12 school field trips. When you visit RAFFMA, you find it’s more than a museum – it’s an unforgettable experience. 

The museum is open to the public free of charge Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. with extended hours Wednesday and Thursday evenings till 6 p.m., and Saturdays 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Suggested donation is $3. Parking at Cal State San Bernardino is $3-6 per vehicle, depending on duration ($3 on weekends).