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José Guadalupe Posada, Calavera de Francisco I. Madero (Calavera of Francisco Madero), from the portfolio Monografía: Las obras de José Guadalupe Posada, grabador mexicano, published by Mexican Folkways, Mexico City, 1910, printed 1930, photo-relief etching with engraving, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum purchase funded by Frank Ribelin.

Artful Thursday “Marigolds & Skulls”

Thursday, Oct 17, 2013
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Law Building, Lower Level
1001 Bissonnet Map & Directions


Speaker: photographer Geoff Winningham, the Lynette S. Audrey Chair in the Humanities and professor of visual and dramatic arts, Rice University.

Presented in conjunction with Calaveras Mexicanas: The Art and Influence of José Guadalupe Posada.

José Guadalupe Posada (1852–1913), "printmaker to the Mexican people," is renowned for political caricature and satire. Yet his most popular images today are calaveras, the artistic representations of skulls and skeletons that are key to the iconography of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Observed annually on November 1 and 2, the holiday is a celebration of the coexistence of the living and the spirits of beloved ancestors.

Posada’s influence continues to inspire subsequent generations of artists, such as Houston-based photographer Geoff Winningham, who completed an 11-year photographic study of Mexican fiestas, including Día de los Muertos. One of the photographs from the series is featured in the exhibition. At this Artful Thursday, Winningham leads a sensory exploration of Día de los Muertos traditions using his luscious color photography. Questions about the content of the program? E-mail

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This program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Promotional support generously provided by Houston Public Radio - KUHF 88.7 FM & Classical 91.7 FM.

Special thanks to Adept Word Management for transcription services.

Refreshments generously provided by Starbucks locations at Rice Village and Shepherd/Harold.