For Immediate Release
Exhibition Tells the Story of Mexican and Latino Printmaking
San Francisco, CA – August 5, 2013 – Just in time to kick-off Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs annually from September 15 to October 15, The Mexican Museum opens a new exhibition titled “Diálogos Gráficos” (Graphic Dialogues). The exhibit opens Sept. 13 and runs through April 2014.
A members’ preview reception for the exhibition will be held on Thursday, September 12 from 6-8 pm at Fort Mason Center. The media is welcome to attend. Visuals are available upon request.
The highly unique exhibition, which comprises pieces from the museum’s renowned permanent collection, will showcase the rich printmaking traditions of Mexico, dating back to the days of José Guadalupe Posada (1852–1913) through today’s modern graphic artists and printmakers. Posada is known as the grandfather of Mexican printmaking.
The exhibition will show how Posada’s work is key to understanding the social and aesthetic direction of Mexican and Latino art up into the 21st century. His art is easily recognized today for its satirical use of Calaveras (skulls), a motif that continues to have a tremendous influence on art related to Day of the Dead celebrations beginning each year on November 2. Posada’s art also directly influenced the Taller de Gráfica Popular (TGP), an artist's print collective that was founded in Mexico in 1937 and primarily dedicated to using art to advance revolutionary social causes. The TGP still exists to this day.
The two-part exhibition is made up of an historical and a contemporary section, and traces a narrative of Mexican and Latino graphic arts in the 20th Century. Artists featured in the historical section are: Posada, David Alfaro Siqueiros, José Clemente Orozco, Leopoldo Méndez, Francisco Mora and Alfredo Zalce. The contemporary portion features: Rene Castro, Enrique Chagoya, Juan R. Fuentes, Rupert García, Carmen Lomas Garza and Esther Hernandez.
The Mexican Museum is located at Fort Mason Center, Building D, and is open Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.
About The Mexican Museum: Founded by San Francisco artist Peter Rodriguez in 1975 in the heart of the Mission District, The Mexican Museum is located at Fort Mason Center, is the realization of a vision to exhibit the aesthetic expression of the Mexican and Mexican American people. Today, the museum’s vision has expanded to reflect the evolving scope of the Mexican, Chicano and Latino experience – including art, culture, history and heritage. In 2012, The Mexican Museum became an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the nation’s largest museum network. The museum currently has a permanent collection of more than 14,000 objects reflecting Pre-Hispanic, Colonial, Popular, Modern and Contemporary Mexican, Latino and Chicano art. For more information, please visit: http://www.mexicanmuseum.org or call (415) 202-9700.
The Mexican Museum is open Wednesday - Sunday from noon to 4 p.m., located at Fort Mason Center, Building D, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, in San Francisco. FREE Admission. The Museum offers a wide variety of programs, including Family Sundays, exhibitions, special events, lectures and public programming throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Spanish classes for all levels are currently being offered for children and adults. For current class schedules and registration information go to http://www.mexicanmuseum.org
The Museum is currently preparing for the completion of its permanent home, which will be built in downtown San Francisco's Yerba Buena Arts District and is expected to open in 2017.
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Victoria Sanchez De Alba
De Alba Communications