UTSA gallery presents prints by 19th century Mexican illustrator Jose Guadalupe Posada

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"Los lamentos de las tortilleras," late 19th-early 20th century broadsheet, intaglio print, Jose Guadalupe Posada
(Courtesy of University of New Mexico University Libraries, Center for Southwest Research)

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(Jan. 30, 2012) -- The UTSA Department of Art and Art History will present the exhibit "Posada's Broadsheets: Of Love and Betrayal," a collection of 54 original prints by José Guadalupe Posada, the adept illustrator of late-Porfirian era Mexican society. The exhibit runs through Feb. 26 in the UTSA Arts Building gallery on the Main Campus.

Intended to entertain the popular masses, the late 19th to early 20th century broadsheets (a two-sided news leaf with text and accompanying images) and single-sided broadsides contain tantalizing headlines, stories of intrigue, rhyming verse and dramatic graphics.

Curated by Teresa Eckmann, the exhibition is organized around the themes of crime, natural and sensational disasters, devotion, superstition and song. The selections in the exhibit are from the extensive print collections at the University of New Mexico's University Libraries Center for Southwest Research. Through dark humor, Posada's visuals -- from the "Man with a Pig's Face" to the "World's Destruction" -- display his sympathy with the loves and trials of an oppressed, hungry people at a time when everyday passions would soon explode in revolution.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday; 1-4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday; aand by appointment. Exhibitions are free and open to the public.

>> Related to the Posada exhibit, the free symposium "Post-Independence Latin American Art" will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 17 in the Arts Building. The keynote speaker will be Marion Oettinger, curator of Latin American art, San Antonio Museum of Art. Additionally, there will be presentations by UTSA art history and criticism graduate students.

For more info, contact Laura Crist at 210-458-4391.

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