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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’s “Calaveras”: Roots and Reasons

Saturday, Nov 09, 2013
4 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Law Building, Lower Level
1001 Bissonnet Map & Directions

Presented by Marion Oettinger, Jr., curator of Latin American art, San Antonio Museum of Art, in conjunction with the exhibition Calaveras Mexicanas: The Art and Influence of José Guadalupe Posada

José Guadalupe Posada (1852–1913) is considered the father of Mexican printmaking. He produced prints depicting current events, often satirizing the misdeeds of prominent political and religious leaders. Following his death, his calaveras (Spanish for “skulls”)—farcical representations in which living people are represented as skeletons—became associated with the holiday Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), celebrated in Mexico and around the world on November 1 and 2.

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$5 MFAH Members*
$8 Nonmembers + Museum admission
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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.

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

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