‘Creating La Muerte’: Jose Guadalupe Posada 100th Anniversary & Community Altars open at Mexic-Arte

Jose Guadalupe Posada created legendary calaveras (skeleton) figures and the popular la catrina (elegant skeleton) image largely associated with the Latin American holiday Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).

Jose Guadalupe Posada created legendary calaveras (skeleton) figures and the popular la catrina (elegant skeleton) image largely associated with the Latin American holiday Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).

Creating la Muerte in conjuction with community altars will be opening up Sept. 20 at Mexic-Arte Museum and lasting until Nov. 24. This is a commemorative exhibition which will be celebrating the 100 year anniversary of Jose Guadalupe Posada. The exhibition will be including original broadsides from the Mexic-Arte’s Museum permanent collection as well as video installations from Mexico’s Museo Nacional de Art. Accompanying the exhibition will be community altars from various members of the community including local artists. There will be a special altar to honor Posada.

Jose Guadalupe Posada was a Mexican political cartoonist and illustrator who was born in 1852 in Aguascalientes, Mexico and died in the year 1913. He had his works published in various newspapers. Some of his best known works are calaveras (skeletons) and la Calavera de la Catrina (elegant skeleton).

Originally his works works were to make religious or political points, but are now more closely associated with el Día de los Muertos. El Día de los Muertos, or Day of The Dead, is celebrated in Latin American countries on Nov. 1 and 2. Family members create altars with offerings for the return of loved ones. Offerings on the altar include things such as the dead’s favorite food and drinks as well as memorabilia. Traditionally the altars were private matters, but el Día de los Muertos has evolved into a celebrated holiday and one where the artistic expression through the altars has expanded to involve the larger community.

The opening reception of the exhibition will be on Sept. 20 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is $10 per person and free for members. Regular admission is $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and students, and $1 for children 12 and under. Admission is free on Sundays and for members. Since its inception in 1884, Mexic-Arte museum has produced and presented cultural and educational programs in Texas and has played an active part in cultural enrichment and education through the presentation of tradition contemporary Mexican, Latino and Latin American art and culture. The museum was declared the “Official Mexican and Mexican American Museum of Texas” in 2003 by the State of Texas. For more information visit their website for call 512-480-9373.

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