2013-08-08: ‘Day of the Dead’ Artist Retrospective Opens September 13

El Centenario Posada 2013 celebrates José Guadalupe Posada’s work and influence

San Jose, CA (August 8, 2013) – El Centenario Posada 2013 opens September 13 in San Jose’s Mexican Consulate as part of the 22nd Annual MundoFox ¡VivaFest!, the country’s only month-long, multi-venue celebration of the best in Latino culture. This free exhibition marks the 100 year anniversary of José Guadalupe Posada’s death with a sampling of his satirical political illustrations, sensational, religious and historical works highlighted by his images of ‘calaveras’ or skeletons that inspire today’s artwork surrounding the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead.

Curated by Jim Nikas, the exhibition celebrates Posada’s legacy using specially selected works from the New World Prints Collection, the largest private collection of Posada’s work in the United States. Work honoring Posada’s contributions from contemporary Mexican and American artists to political cartoonists along with artwork from Cheech Marin’s Chicano Art Collection, plus an original print of “La Catrina,” Posada’s most iconic calavera image, may all be seen.

El Centenario Posada 2013 runs through December 30, 2013, Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at The Mexican Consulate, 2125 Zanker Road, San Jose, CA. Free.

The 22nd Annual MundoFox ¡VivaFest!, featuring the best Latino music, art, dance and film combined with educational music and dance workshops and community conversations, takes place August 31 – September 28 throughout San Jose. Produced by the non-profit Mexican Heritage Corporation, this destination event showcases and explores Latino culture, inviting a better understanding of its treasures and heritage.

About José Guadalupe Posada: Born in Aquascalientes, Mexico on February 2, 1852, Posada spent the last 25 years of his life in Mexico City. His thousands of illustrations from political cartoons to religious art captured the time in which he lived. Hailed as the “printmaker to the Mexican people,” Posada’s artistic influence and legacy inspired the likes of famed muralists Diego Rivera and José Clemente Orozco among hundreds of other artists. Posada’s influence is everywhere today especially in the Day of the Dead imagery he popularized, but also in the art of today’s social protest movements. Posada died in obscurity on January 20, 1913 and was buried in a common grave. Heleft neither descendants nor writings. Today he is regarded as one of Mexico’s greatest artists.

Fundraiser: All MundoFox ¡VivaFest! proceeds benefit the non-profit Mexican Heritage Corporation and San Jose Unified School District’s Joint Mariachi Youth Education Program which provides a rigorous standards-based music program in mariachi for students from diverse communities.


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