Sunday, September 28, 2014

San Francisco Art Institute Screening or ART and Revolutions

Standing next to a 1924 print showing Posada's famed calavera Catrina, Mexican Consul General in San Francisco, Dr. Andres Roemer, opened the Sept. 17 screening of Searching for Posada: ART and Revolutions. Over one hundred attendees consisting of artists, students, professors and the general public watched the documentary. The ensuing Question and Answer session with director Victor Mancilla and producer Jim Nikas lasted longer than the film itself. Mission accomplished!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

First San Francisco Screening of Documentary: ART and Revolutions

The new documentary about artist Jose Guadalupe Posada, ART and Revolutions will be screened at the San Francisco Art Institute on September 17, 2014.

The film will be shown at 7:30 PM at the main theater (900 Chestnut Street San Francisco, CA 94133) which seats about 200 people.

A film trailer may be viewed at:

The screening at the San Francisco Art Institute represents a unique occasion as it is one of the most prestigious schools on the West Coast and it is home to one of the earliest murals done in the US by Diego Rivera back in 1931. Diego Rivera played a big part in helping to recognize Posada's role and legacy.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

ART and Revolutions Final Cut Complete!

After nearly three years ART and Revolutions now has a Final Cut and within the next ten days (by May 18) it will be finished. Director Victor Mancilla will be overseeing just a few small edits of subtitles and credits in the studio. We will be submitting to selected film festivals and hope to show the film at various venues in the USA and Mexico (to start!). The Final Cut is 40 minutes and 28 seconds in length. Viva Posada!

Monday, December 9, 2013

"Searching for Posada" Lecture at The Mexican Museum, San Francisco, CA December 14, 2013


Curator Jim Nikas to shed light on the life and death of famed Mexican artist.
          In celebration of the life of José Guadalupe Posada, The Mexican Museum is proud to present a special lecture by guest curator Jim Nikas entitled “Dialogos Gráficos and the Search for José Guadalupe Posada” on Saturday, December 14, 2013, 1-2:30 p.m. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Posada, the renowned Mexican artist. The lecture is free and open to the public.

While most widely known as the “grandfather of Mexican printmaking,” Posada is also famous for his Day of the Dead calaveras and his imagery’s powerful influence on other noteworthy artists, such as Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and the Taller de Grafica Popular, an artist's print collective formed in Mexico in 1937 to advance revolutionary social causes. Yet, little is known about the man himself. Was Posada a revolutionary? Did he fight against the dictatorship of Porfirio Diaz? Did he really create 20,000 images in his lifetime? And how could someone of such talent and influence have been buried in an unmarked mass grave?

           Guest lecturer Nikas oversees one of the largest private collections of Posada’s work in the United States and is the producer of the soon-to-be released documentary about Posada’s life, “ART and
Revolutions.” His lecture will share new discoveries about the artist’s life and times, and explore and explode many of the myths that continue to permeate Posada’s life history. Nikas will also touch on the significance of The Mexican Museum’s current exhibit of Posada works, “Dialogos Gráficos.”

The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.