¡Viva la Revolución! José Guadalupe Posada and the Taller de Gráfica Popular will showcase the work of José Guadalupe Posada (1851-1913), a pioneering printmaker who profoundly impacted the development of political critique in Mexican art, especially that of the Mexican Muralists and the group known as the Taller de Gráfica Popular (The People’s Print Workshop, or TGP).
Between 1872 and 1913, Posada produced more than 20,000 prints for newspapers, street gazettes, and broadsheets. Often referred to as the Mexican Goya, his prints were alternately satirical, humorous, or cynical. He is best known for his images of calaveras (skulls or skeletons), which reference both Mexican pre-Columbian art and popular Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) festivals. These skeletons began as scathing caricatures of politicians and the bourgeoisie and evolved into characters enacting the idiosyncrasies of everyday Mexican life. As Diego Rivera described his friend: “Posada was so outstanding that perhaps one day his name may be forgotten. He was so closely associated with the spirit of the Mexican people that he may end up just as an abstraction.”
Founded in Mexico City in 1937, the Taller de Gráfica Popular revived Posadas’s legacy in their own populist portrayals of everyday people and allegorical depictions of post-revolutionary ideals. Founding artists Leopoldo Méndez, Luis Arenal, Raúl Anguiano, and Pablo O’Higgins also shared the Mexican Muralists’ commitment to workers and their struggles, as well as their idealism in creating activist art. Building on Posada’s precedent, the TGP aimed to create radical yet inexpensive artworks like wood- and linoleum-block prints that were accessible to a wide audience. As they proclaimed in their declaration of principles: “The TGP believes that, in order to serve the people, art must reflect the social reality of the times and have unity in content and form.”
$23 — Adults
$20 — Senior Citizens (Ages 65+)
$18 — Students (with ID)
$14 — Children (Ages 6-17)
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This installation is open to the public during voluntary-donation, pay-what-you-wish hours from 3–9 pm each Wednesday, from 6–10 pm on the First Friday of each month, and from noon–5 pm on the second Sunday of each month.
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José Guadalupe Posada, En prueba de puro amor o Regalo de calaveras (In Proof of Pure Love or Skulls' Gift) (detail), 1910. Engraved relief print. Gift of Clayton Kirking in memory of Rick Lancaster.
José Guadalupe Posada, La brava calavera del cinematógrafo (The Angry Skull of the Cinematographer) (detail), 1906. Engraved relief print. Gift of Clayton Kirking in memory of Rick Lancaster.
José Guadalupe Posada, La calavera de cupido (Cupid's Skull) (detail), 1910. Engraved relief print. Gift of Clayton Kirking in memory of Rick Lancaster.