Thursday, August 28, 2014
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: www.posada-art-foundation.com.
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
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
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Thursday, September 26, 2013
Posada's art has influenced many artists over the years. One was Frida Kahlo. The images shown here in this blog posting show striking similarities. Here is a partial quote from an interview of Frida conducted back in 1933.
"I had gone up to the Barbizon-Plaza hotel to interview Frida Kahlo, who was the wife of Diego Rivera, and a great painter herself, a sort of demonic surrealist. That was when Rivera was doing those Rockefeller Center murals. Thumb-tacked all along the walls of the hotel suite were some very odd engravings printed on the cheapest kind of newsprint. "Jose Guadalupe Posada," Kahlo said, almost reverentially. "Mexican. 1852-1913." She told me that she had put the pictures up herself so she could glance at them now and then and keep her sanity while living in New York City. Some were broadsides. "They show sensational happenings that took place in Mexico City--in streets and in markets and in churches and in bedrooms," Kahlo said, "and they were sold on the streets by peddlers for pennies." --from the book Up in the Old Hotel by Joseph Mitchell (1992).
Perhaps some of the images by Posada of disasters and the demonic elements present in many of the sensational broadsides made an impression on Frida. If she was not already familiar with Posada's images, being married to Diego Rivera may have helped as he had just a few years earlier in 1930 authored the Foreword about Posada in the Monografia Posada published by Francis Toor.