José Guadalupe Posada and the Mexican Penny Press

Visual Arts

Sun Apr 15, 2018 – Sun Aug 19, 2018

Partner Organization

Bellevue Arts Museum


Bellevue Arts Museum
510 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue, WA 98004

Since the 1920s, printmaker and illustrator José Guadalupe Posada (1852–1913) has been lauded as the “father of modern Mexican art.” Beginning with the Mexican muralists, generations of artists following the Mexican Revolution (1910–1920) have felt inspired by this little-known artisan and his extensive body of imagery. Posada's work ranges from illustrations for children’s games to sensationalistic news stories, but he is best known for his popular and satirical representations of calaveras (skeletons) in lively guises. These figures were featured prominently on broadsides—cheap illustrated handbills—that were published for the annual Day of the Dead celebrations.

This exhibition features a wide range of prints and print media by Posada, fellow illustrator Manuel Manilla, and others, including calaveras, chapbooks, political prints, devotional images, and representations of natural disasters and popular events.

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