México 200, José Guadalupe Posada: The Birth of Mexican Modernism

Begin Date2010-06-18
End Date2010-12-26
CuratorsOlivier Meslay
Credit Line"México 200" is organized by the Dallas Museum of Art. The exhibition is presented by Bimbo Bakeries USA and BBVA Compass. Additional support is provided by Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, The Texas Financial Group â013 Dallas. Air transportation provided by American Airlines. Promotional support provided by Metroplex Cadillac, Univision 23, and Univision Radio: 1270 La Voz del Pueblo and 99.1 Recuerdo.
LocationFocus Gallery I
OrganizerDallas Museum of Art
NotesAttendance figure includes both Posada and Tierra y Gente.
DescriptionFor "México 200," a Museum-wide celebration of the bicentennial of Mexicoâ019s Independence, the DMA will present two special exhibitions of modern and contemporary Mexican art on the Museumâ019s first floor, beginning June 18. José Guadalupe Posada, born in 1852, who died poor and unknown in 1913, is now considered the most influential Mexican artist of the beginning of the 20th century. Such acclaimed fellow Mexican artists as Diego Rivera and José Clemente Orozco, among many others, paid tribute to him. A prolific printmaker, his pervasive imagesâ014known through penny broadsheets, leaflets, and pious and political illustrationsâ014were very popular. They anticipate Mexican mural painting of the 1920s and 30s. Posada is best known for his costumed skeleton characters, or calaveras, which he used as a medium for political and social satire. The exhibition, on view in Focus Gallery I, will showcase a number of Posadaâ019s works, including original zinc, wood and metal printing plates and booklets, and will offer visitors an exceptional overview of the visual world he created through prints made for conservation purposes. Complementing this exhibition will be a special installation of contemporary Mexican art on view in the Concourse, titled "Tierra y Gente: Modern Mexican Works on Paper." "México 200" is organized by the Dallas Museum of Art. The exhibition is accompanied by a brochure.