Printmaking and the Political: The Mexican Graphic Tradition
April 1 - June 11, 2022
Since the late 19th century, artists in Mexico have used printmaking as a tool for disseminating news, sharing political views and celebrating Mexico’s national culture. Throughout the 20th century, Mexico’s printmakers synthesized text and images in prints that documented the events of the Mexican Revolution, promoted socialist ideals (including anti-imperialism), and, during World War II, warned Mexico’s citizens of the dangers of fascism. In other prints, artists honored Mexico’s cultural traditions, from Day of the Dead to folk dances. Inexpensive to make, reproduce and distribute, prints in Mexico have been a popular means for trying to shape public opinion.
The exhibition features prints from the collection of José Calle, including late 19th-century works by José Guadalupe Posada and prints by many of the artists affiliated with the Taller de Gráfica Popular in the mid-20th century, alongside work by contemporary Mexican and Mexican-American printmakers. SVMoA has invited printmaker Christie Tirado, based in Yakima, Washington, to create portraits of people who have served as essential workers in the Wood River Valley throughout the pandemic. Other participating artists include Sergio Sánchez Santamaria, Artemio Rodríguez and Dignidad Rebelde (Melanie Cervantes and Jesus Barraza).
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