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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.

Posada: artista y activista / Posada: Artist and Activist

Thursday, Sep 19, 2013
6 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.

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Esta gira se presenta en español. / This tour is presented in Spanish.

Embárquese en una exploración de la obra y la influencia de José Guadalupe Posada (1852–1913), considerado como el padre del grabado mexicano. Durante su vida, Posada su serie de grabados impactantes criticó la desigualdad social que transcurrió durante los 35 años del Porfiriato (la dictadura de Porfirio Díaz). En su labor como ilustrador de periódicos, los grabados de Posada mostraban la vida de la clase pobre del pueblo mexicano, usando calaveras y esqueletos para representar el espíritu del pueblo mexicano. Su influencia gráfica se consolidó en las imágenes para Dia de los Muertos. Una selección de sus grabados se expone en el Museo de Bellas Arte de Houston en la exhibición Calaveras Mexicanas: El arte y la influencia de José Guadalupe Posada.

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Embark on an exploration of the work and influence of José Guadalupe Posada (1852–1913), considered the father of Mexican printmaking. During his life, his forceful calaveras (skulls) imagery emphasized the social inequality that marked the 35 years of the Porfiriato (the dictatorship of Porfirio Díaz). As a newspaper illustrator, Posada’s prints showed the life of the common people in Mexican society while also criticizing the central government, often using images of skeletons and skulls to portray the spirit of the Mexican people. It was imagery that found a lasting legacy in Day of the Dead celebrations. A selection of his prints forms part of the exhibition Calaveras Mexicanas: The Art and Legacy of José Guadalupe Posada.

Education programs receive generous funding from the Kinder Foundation; the Institute of Museum and Library Services; ExxonMobil; the Favrot Fund; the National Museum of Korea; the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; Susanne M. and Melbern G. Glasscock; The Brown Foundation, Inc.; The Americana Foundation; An Anonymous Donor; Mr. William J. Hill; Cameron International Corporation; Houston Junior Woman’s Club; the Sterling-Turner Foundation; and The Susan Vaughan Foundation.