This exhibition commemorates the 100th anniversary of the death of José Guadalupe Posada (1852–1913), one of the key figures in the development of modern Mexican printmaking. Born of humble origins in the city of Aguascalientes, Posada died a well-known man in Mexico City. As a freelance artist, he completed an estimated 15,000 different ephemeral prints for the penny press that documented just about every facet of Mexican life. ¡Hombre! presents over 50 of Posada’s depictions of male figures, an amusing array of outlaws, fugitives, demons, lovers, politicians, and matadors, as well as the indelible images of the rural heroes known as valientes (brave ones), the popular everyman Don Chepito, and the magnificent calaveras.
October 19, 2013–April 6, 2014