Exhibition Tells the Story of Mexican and Latino Printmaking
The highly unique exhibition, which comprises pieces from the museum’s renowned permanent collection, showcases the rich printmaking traditions of Mexico, dating back to the days of José Guadalupe Posada (1851–1913) through today’s modern graphic artists and printmakers.
Posada is known as the grandfather of Mexican printmaking. The exhibition shows 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, Jose Clemente Orozco, Leopoldo Mendez, Francisco Mora and Alfredo Zalce. The contemporary portion features: Rene Castro, Enrique Chagoya, Juan R. Fuentes, Rupert Garcia, Carmen Lomas Garza and Esther Hernandez.
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