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Art opening: Calaveras Mexicanas: The Art and Influence of José Guadalupe Posada

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Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

This exhibition commemorates the 100th anniversary of the death of José Guadalupe Posada, considered the father of Mexican printmaking. Calaveras Mexicanas: The Art and Influence of José Guadalupe Posada showcases approximately 50 prints that explore the continuing resonance of his work.

Divided into three sections, the presentation begins with an introduction to Posada that contextualizes his prints and contributions to Mexican art and culture. The second section spotlights Posada's renowned calaveras (skulls), or prints depicting skeletons of famous heroes, politicians, and revolutionary leaders, as well as common people. After his death, Posada's calaveras became the imagery most associated with Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).

The exhibition also features the work of artists who were inspired by Posada, such as Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Graciela Iturbide, Luis Jiménez and Earl Staley.

The final segment investigates the artistic influence and legacy of Posada, as seen in works by José Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siquieros, and by artists associated with the Taller del Gráfica Popular, including Elizabeth Catlett, Leopoldo Méndez and Alfredo Zalce.

On view through Dec. 15.

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Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
1001 Bissonnet St.
Houston, TX 77005
http://www.mfah.org/exhibitions/calaveras-mexicanas-art-and-influence-jose-guadalu/

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Free with museum admission.
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