[exhibit] Mexican printmaker Jose Guadalupe Posada "Posada: Would Cuts be a Relief?" // SF

[exhibit] Mexican printmaker Jose Guadalupe Posada “Posada: Would Cuts be a Relief?” // SF

The American Bookbinders Museum and The Mexican Museum present the opening of “Posada: Would Cuts be a Relief?”.

Created by famed Mexican artist and influential printmaker, Jose Guadalupe Posada, the exhibition will open at The American Bookbinders Museum and will close on July 23, 2017.

Dates: open 10-4, Tuesday-Saturday, until July 15th.


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In collaboration with The Mexican Museum, the The American Bookbinders Museum will host a pop-up exhibition entitled “Posada: Would Cuts be a Relief?” featuring a portfolio of 100 unique woodcuts from The Mexican Museum’s permanent collection.

The partnership between the two institutions aims to present this masterful portfolio for guests to grasp the complexity of early modern Mexican society and the power of the press.

José Guadalupe Posada was one of the most powerful voices before and during The Mexican Revolutionary War. His art conveyed messages that some understood and left others perplexed due to strong political subject matter. His art was representative and explicative of the times, and still resonates with people today due to broader ramifications prevalent in Mexican society.

Image: Taylor Museum, Colorado (1947). 100 Original Woodcuts by Posada [Hardback octavo]. The Mexican Museum Permanent Collection, Gift of the Rochlin-Marcus Family.


The American Bookbinders Museum
355 Clementina St, San Francisco, California 94103


Posada’s best known works are his calaveras, which often assume various costumes, such as the Calavera de la Catrina, the “Skull of the Female Dandy“, which was meant to satirize the life of the upper classes during the reign of Porfirio Díaz.

Most of his imagery was meant to make a religious or satirical point. Since his death, however, his images have become associated with the Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos, the “Day of the Dead“.