11/15/2013 10:00 AM
Denver Arts & Venues in collaboration with the Mexican Consulate and the Mexican Cultural Center present the exhibition Posada: Mexican Master Printmaker, featuring 90 works of the artist’s famous calavera (skull) and political prints. José Guadalupe Posada (1852-1913) is considered Mexico’s most notable printmaker. Posada used the image of the calavera, or skull, to poke fun at the bourgeois culture of the time and bring attention to Porfirio Diaz’s political reign. Diaz’s thirty-five year dictatorship over Mexico was a period of great progress for the country but the benefits were felt only by the very few. Millions of people worked in dire conditions and the prints of Posada reflected the despair of the people. Posada’s graphic illustrations were an important communication tool as many of the Mexican people of the time were illiterate. Posada died during the Mexican Revolution unknown and penniless. It was not until later in the 1920s when his prints were discovered. Today, Posada’s imagery is most often associated with the Day of the Dead celebration however, the revolutionary political themes, social commentary and imagery of his work are still poignant and relevant.
On display through February 2.