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[exhibit] José Guadalupe Posada and the Mexican Penny Press // San Jose

[exhibit] José Guadalupe Posada and the Mexican Penny Press // San Jose

On view through December 15, 2017, in the Natalie and James Thompson Art Gallery | Department of Art & Art History | San Jose State University. Free and open to the public.

Created by famed Mexican artist and influential printmaker, Jose Guadalupe Posada, the exhibition is at San Jose State university.

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“.


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

Exhibition: October 10, 2017 – December 15, 2017

Natalie And James Thompson Art Gallery, Art Building #127.

San Jose State University
One Washington Square,
San Jose, CA 95192


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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.

December 05 2017


Start: 12/05/2017 @ 10:00 am
End: 12/15/2017 @ 4:00 pm
Cost: FREE
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