A Centenario Posada Exhibition

September 13 – December 30, 2013

¡VivaFest! and the Consulate of Mexico in San Jose Present: A Centenario Posada Exhibition @ The San Jose Mexican Consulate

Hours: Monday – Friday 10AM – 3:00PM
Free to the public!

The San Jose Mexican Consulate
2125 Zanker Road
San Jose, Ca. 95131
(408) 213-2250

José Guadalupe Posada (Aguascalientes, Mexico 1851-1913) was a Mexican illustrator known for his satirical and politically acute illustrations, cartoons and lithography, especially his illustrations of “calaveras”. Deriving from the Spanish word for ‘skulls’, these calaveras were illustrations featuring skeletons which would, after Posada’s death, become closely associated with the Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead. Most of these illustrations were published by the Mexico City press of Antonio Vanegas Arroyo which produced thousands of satirical broadsides illustrated by Posada. Vanegas Arroyo and Posada satirized many poignant issues of the day, in particular the details of bourgeois life and the dictatorship of Mexico’s President Porfirio Díaz. On January 20th 1913, 3 years after the start of the Mexican Revolution, José Guadalupe Posada died at his home in obscurity. He was penniless and buried in an unmarked grave. Years later in the 1920s his work became recognized on a national and international level after it was championed by the French ex-patriot artist Jean Charlot who described Posada as “printmaker to the Mexican people”.

Today, Posada’s work continues to inspire the world art movement and popular culture. Through his satirical illustrations he chronicled the Mexican Revolution and impacted movements, artists and pop culture trends as diverse as the movement for liberation during WWII, Lucha Libre, the Cuban Revolution, and the Grateful Dead.

Curated by Jim Nikas, this exhibition also marks the 100 year anniversary of Posada’s death. In celebration of his work, an exhibition of selected works from one of the largest private collections of Posada’s work in the United States, The New World Prints Collection, will introduce visitors to a representative sampling of Posada’s creative illustrations. In addition selected work from contemporary artists of Mexico and the United States, including works from Mexico’s renowned salon of the illustrative and graphic arts, the Taller Grafica Popular, paintings from Cheech Marin’s Chicano Art Collection and political cartoons inspired by Posada’s legacy will be on exhibition.

For more information visit: The Public Domain Review

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A Conversation with Author of “Latinnovating,” Graciela Tiscareño-Sato

Monday, June 10, 2013 @ 7:30pm

A conversation with the author of “Latinnovating,” Graciela Tiscareño-Sato.

Graciela Tiscareño-Sato is a bilingual sought-after speaker, Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Gracefully Global Group, LLC, the premiere publishing and marketing firm for Latino innovation and entrepreneurship case studies. She is also the bestselling author of Latinnovating: Green American Jobs and the Latinos Creating Them.

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A Conversation and Violin Master Class with Maestro Andrés Cárdenes

Saturday, May 11, 2013 @ 2:00pm

FREE and open to the public

Co-sponsored by California Music Center and Mexican Heritage Corporation

World-renowned violinist, conductor and teacher, Andrés Cárdenes, will work with four advanced Bay Area violin students: Anthony Angeles; Isabella Costanza; James Jin; and Clara McCreery. They will perform works by Bach, Ysaÿe, and Prokofiev.

Recognized worldwide as a musical phenomenon, Grammy-nominated Andrés Cárdenes parlays his myriad talents into one of classical music’s most versatile careers. An intensely passionate and personally charismatic artist, Cuban-born Cárdenes has garnered international acclaim from critics and audiences alike for his compelling performances as a violinist, conductor, violist, chamber musician, concertmaster, and recording artist.

Since capturing Second Prize in the 1982 Tchaikovsky International Violin Competition in Moscow, Mr. Cárdenes has appeared as a soloist on four continents with over 100 orchestras including The Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, St. Louis Symphony, Moscow Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, Shanghai Symphony, Sinfonica Nacional de Caracas, Sinfonica de Barcelona, and the Bavarian Radio Orchestra. He has collaborated with many of today’s greatest conductors, including Lorin Maazel, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Mariss Jansons, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Sir André Previn, Leonard Slatkin, Jaap van Zweden, David Zinman and Manfred Honeck.

For more information on Andrés Cárdenes, please visit andrescardenes.com

For questions about the master class, please Email: info@californiamusiccenter.org, info@mhcviva.org or call (415) 252-1122

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A Conversation with National Book Critics Nominee Reyna Grande

Friday, May 10, 2013 @

A conversation with National Book Critics Nominee  Reyna Grande, with Barbara Marshman, Editorial  Editor, San Jose Mercury News.

Reyna Grande is an award-winning novelist and memoirist.  The Distance Between Us, Reyna’s latest book, was published on August 28, 2012, by Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. In this memoir, Reyna writes about her life before and after illegally immigrating from Mexico to the United States. A National Book Circle Critics Award finalist, The Distance Between Us is an inspirational coming-of-age story about the pursuit of a better life. The Los Angeles Times hailed it as ‘the Angela’s Ashes of the modern Mexican immigrant experience.”

Barbara Marshman has been editorial page editor of the San Jose Mercury News since March of 2007. She joined the Mercury News in 1988 following a year as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University. A graduate of West Chester State University in Pennsylvania, she was an editor at several small daily newspapers in the Philadelphia region before coming to Stanford. She grew up on a farm in Boyertown, Pennsylvania, and for first grade attended a one-room schoolhouse.

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From the Battlefield to the Plaza

Friday, May 3, 2013 @ MLK Library @ SJSU

From the Battlefield to the Plaza: History of the Battle of Puebla and Cinco de Mayo.

A conversation with Dr. Humberto Morales and  Dr. Adriana Ayala.

Ever wonder how Cinco de Mayo became “Drinko de Mayo?” Join us for a compelling examination of the history behind the modern
Cinco de Mayo holiday and its modern transformation into a US national holiday. We’ll be joined by Mexico’s foremost expert and historian on the Battle of Puebla, Dr. Humberto Morales.

Dr. Morales is the official historian for the 150th commemoration of the Battle of Puebla. He will be joined in conversation by Dr. Carlos von Son, from National Hispanic University.

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