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The Museum of Printing History presents Messengers of the Posada Influence on view October 17, 2013 to February 8, 2014. Opening Reception: Thursday, October 17, 2013, 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. with a lecture by exhibiting artist Tom Huck on “The Influence of Posada on Contemporary Printers” at 5:30 P.M.In conjunction with the 100 year anniversary of the death of revolutionary Mexican printmaker José Guadalupe Posada (1852-1913), six contemporary printmakers are being featured at the Museum of Printing History, demonstrating the lasting influence of this legendary printer. Key elements that link their work to Posada are a gritty realism and raw depiction of humanity; political-social satire and themes of vanitas; and an evocation of street scenes and popular culture; as well as a wide appeal of Posada imagery, including the calaveras and katrinas.Artists featured are Artemio Rodriguez, The Amazing Hancock Brothers, Tom Huck, Dennis Mc Nett and Carlos Hernandez. Several of these artists have been featured at the “It Came From the Bayou!” print event, which takes place each April in Houston.Messengers of the Posada Influence is taking place in conjunction with Calaveras Mexicanas: The Art and Influence of José Guadalupe Posada happening at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston from September 13, 2013 to December 15, 2013.Upcoming Related Exhibition: Elvira Sarmiento: Alludere Posada
Opening reception on Thursday, November 7, 2013 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.José Guadalupe Posada (1852-1913), often known as the printmaker to the Mexican people, depicted many aspects of Mexican life and culture through broadsides created for the penny press. Born in Aguascalientes, he eventually moved to Mexico City in the late 1880s and began working for the publisher Antonio Vanegas Arroyo. Using a variety of techniques and materials, Posada created graphic and dramatic illustrations for flyers and newspapers that communicated daily news, crimes, and disasters to the predominately illiterate masses. He became most well known for his satirical imagery, which incorporataed skulls and skeletal figures of bourgeoisie females.The Museum of Printing History, founded in 1979, is one of only four printing museums in the country. The museum’s mission is to preserve and promote the history, technology, and art of printing. Through its permanent collection of historical documents, fine art prints, and antique printing equipment, the Museum of Printing History narrates the story of printed communication and the ways in which printing technologies have transformed lives. In addition, the museum maintains three gallery spaces devoted to temporary exhibitions and four working studios dedicated to book arts and fine art printing.Pictured above: Posada: 100 Years On, The Amazing Hancock Brothers & Carlos Hernandez, 2013, Screenprint, 1 of 100 prints, 18” x 24” (paper size of each), Image courtesy of the artists.Pictured below: Evil forest, Artemio Rodriguez, 2010, Woodcut, 12" x 48" (paper size), Image courtesy of the artist.