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Art Talk with Curator, Dr. Kate Green, Andrea Bowers and Cruz Ortiz 5:30 – 6:30 PM
Mexican printmaker José Guadalupe Posada (b. 1852 Aguascalientes, d. 1913 Mexico City) died three years into his country’s revolution, yet the thousands of satirical illustrations he left behind suggest he was always fighting injustice. After Posada: Revolution includes over one-hundred rarely seen Posada during his lifetime: in broadsides, or popular single-page newspapers illustrating political commentary, crime stories, ballads about everyday life, and more. Featured are the printmaker’s beloved calaveras (skeletons), as well as his fiercest works depicting moments from the Mexican Revolution, such as the exploits of leader Emiliano Zapata. In this exhibition the broadsides, which are drawn from the Collection of Lineaus Hooper Lorette, are shown alongside seldom-seen small “chap” books and metal-faced wood printing blocks as well as photographs from the period by Augustin Victor Casasola and related archival material, including satirical political magazines the printmaker may have read. After Posada further illuminates Posada’s influential work, which has more often been presented through posthumously-produced stand-alone prints, through commissioned works by two contemporary artists—Andrea Bowers and Cruz Ortiz—who have distinct relationships to Posada’s practice. While some of Bowers’ large-scale prints of political figures are an homage to Posada’s, for Ortiz the printmaker has served as a lifelong touchstone for his own activities inside and outside the studio, and his use of the vernacular medium as a language of resistance.
Support for this exhibition is provided by the Texas Commission on the Arts and the El Paso Museum of Art Foundation.