EPMA Curator Kate Green discusses the exhibition After Posada: Revolution alongside featured artists Andrea Bowers and Cruz Ortiz and collector Lineaus Hooper Lorette. Free and open to the public.
After Posada: Revolution, drawn from the collection of Lineaus Hooper Lorette, recontextualizes José Guadalupe Posada’s influential work, which is often presented through posthumously-produced stand-alone prints. Here Posada’s broadsheets are shown alongside several seldom-seen small “chap” books and metal-faced wood printing blocks, photographs from the period by Agustin Victor Casasola, and related archival material, including satirical political magazines Posada may have read. Further, After Posada illuminates the printmaker’s legacy through commissioned works by Andrea Bowers and Cruz Ortiz, contemporary artists who each have distinct relationships to Posada’s practice. While Bowers has produced large-scale prints of political figures in homage to Posada’s, for Ortiz the printmaker has served as a lifelong touchstone for his own activities inside and outside the studio. Both intergenerational and multi-media, After Posada: Revolution enlivens understandings of not only a seminal Mexican artist but also what it means to address social and political injustice in art, past and present.