José Guadalupe Posada

Image features the cover of the book, Gran Baile de Calaveras, un Libro Túnel, a yellow, orange, and green rectangular frame surrounding an image of a gathering of skeletons in brightly hued clothing dancing, socializing, and celebrating. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object.
Celebrating The Day of the Dead
The Day of the Dead is celebrated in the publication, Gran Baile de Calaveras, un Libro Túnel [The Dancing Skeletons Tunnel Book], by Joan Sommers, a work in the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Library. The book is a concertina-like folding form, composed of five separate scenes, each on a different panel. When viewed through the...
Image is dominated by a large eye looking toward the right with the words EXPOSICION 20 inscribed in black in the eye ball. The word LITOGRAFIAS is inscribed on the lower lid. At upper left the words Taller de / Grafica / Popular are shown in black.
Wide-eyed Printmaking
Beginning in the late 19th century, the medium of printmaking played an integral role in the creation of modern Mexican art, a tradition that can be traced back to the work of, among others, José Guadalupe Posada.  But it was in the post-revolutionary period of the early 20th century that large groups of Mexican artists,...