Thursday, February 3, 2011

Jose Guadalupe Posada and the Klu Klux Klan

Two images were joined together to form one for this unflattering look at the Klu Klux Klan. The large calavera on the left was cut from the broadside entitled Gran Calavera Electrica, it is signed in the plate by Posada. The portion on the right with the klansman in the white sheet is an unsigned addition and likely not by Posada. Although the Klu Klux Klan formed in the US in the 1860s, its influence in Mexico has been noted beginning around 1915 and into the early 1920s. Additionally, the KKK were active in the southern US as well as San Diego during the 1920s where some records show evidence of its interaction with Mexicans coming to the US for work. This broadside was likely printed after Posada’s death in 1913, possibly by Blas Vanegas Arroyo in the 1920s, but its exact date is unknown. Regardless it shows the use of Posada’s artwork to make social commentary.

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