José Guadalupe Posada and the Mexican Penny Press

José Guadalupe Posada and the Mexican Penny Press

José Guadalupe Posada (1852–1913) was one of Mexico’s most influential printmakers and illustrators. He produced an extensive body of imagery, from illustrations for children’s games to sensationalistic news stories that appeared in a variety of inexpensive penny press publications marketed to the country’s growing middle and working-class. Posada is best known for his popular and satirical representations of calaveras (skeletons) in lively guises. These figures featured prominently on broadsides—cheap illustrated handbills—that were published for the Day of the Dead celebrations every November. Posada’s prints shaped generations of Mexican artists, among them the muralists Diego Rivera and José Clemente Orozco. This exhibition features a wide range of prints and print media by Posada, fellow illustrator Manuel Manilla, and others, including calaveras, chapbooks, political prints, devotional images, and representations of natural disasters and popular events.

In conjunction with the opening of this exhibition, guest curator Diane Miliotes will conduct a presentation on the work of José Guadalupe Posada and his contemporaries in Art Lecture Hall #133 on October 10, 5:00pm-6:00pm. This presentation and the following open reception, held immediately afterward in the Thompson Art Gallery 6:00pm-7:30pm, are free and open to the public.

Exhibition organized by THE TROUT GALLERY, Dickinson College

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José Guadalupe Posada, la exposición de su obra en el Palacio de Belles Artes, 1943
Exhibition Poster

Guest Curator’s Lecture with Diane Miliotes
Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 5:00-6:00pm
Natalie and James Thompson Art Gallery
Art #133
SJSU campus

Opening Reception
Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 6:00-7:00pm
Natalie and James Thompson Art Gallery

Gallery Hours
Tuesdays 10:00am-4:00pm; 6:00-7:00pm
Monday, Wednesday – Friday 10:00am – 4:00pm
and By Appointment

Date(s) - October 10, 2017 - December 15, 2017
All Day