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Release: March 8, 2002

Mexican artist featured in UI Museum of Art exhibition March 16-July 21

Photo: José Guadalupe Posada (right) with his son

"Jose Guadalupe Posada: My Mexico," an exhibition featuring prints by Posada, a renowned contemporary Mexican artist, will be on display at the University of Iowa Museum of Art March 16-July 21. Admission to the museum and to the exhibition will be free.

Posada's etchings and engravings illustrate life during the decades before and during the early years of the Mexican Revolution. Political events, crimes, disasters, miracles and popular culture are described in Posada's prints through combinations of images and texts, including satirical skeletons and popular ballads.

To introduce the public to the exhibition, Kathleen A. Edwards, curator of prints, drawings, photographs and new media at the UI Museum of Art, will lead a gallery tour of the exhibition at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 4. Other related events will be:

-- "Raymundo y Tomas," an evening of popular Mexican music by Raymundo Rosales and Tom Nothnagle, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 12 as part of the weekly "Breath of Art" series; and

-- "Posada's Prints and the Mexican People," a lecture by Patrick Frank from the Kress Foundation department of art history at the University of Kansas, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25.

Posada's works often feature illustrations of events of his time, including a revolutionary's farewell, the capture of a bandit, the death of a bullfighter, the introduction of the bicycle or a train wreck. Reflecting the values of the working classes, Posada's prints were often meant to elicit moral condemnation, while celebrating characteristics of human nature.

"Posada's prints are in the great tradition of printmakers who double as political and social commentators," Edwards comments.

"Jose Guadalupe Posada: My Mexico" was organized by the University of Hawaii Art Gallery. It is supported in part by a grant from the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Charlot Foundation, the UH Women's Campus Club, the University of Hawaii Student Activity and Program Fee Board, and the Watmull Grant for Museum Studies in the Arts.

M.C. Ginsberg Objects of Art, Inc. of Iowa City is the corporate sponsor for public events at the UI Museum of Art during the 2001-02 season, through the University of Iowa Foundation.

The UI Museum of Art is located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City. Museum hours are Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday noon-5 p.m. and Thursday and Friday noon-10 p.m. Admission is free. Public metered parking is available in the UI parking lots across from the museum on Riverside Drive and just north of the museum.

For more information in the UI Museum of Art visit http://www.uiowa.edu/uima.edu on the World Wide Web. Information on other UI arts events is available at http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa.