A new exhibit at the Herzstein Latin American Gallery on the 2nd floor of Zimmerman Library explores the imagery of "El Taller de Grafica Popular" (Popular Graphics Workshop). TGP is a graphic art collective founded in Mexico City in 1937.
As activists, the TGP demonstrated and lobbied for the improvement of social and political conditions in Mexico including progressive labor laws, access to education, and the control of natural resources. The graphic work of the TGP was meant to engage, inform, and educate the people of Mexico, as well as to challenge an international audience.
Political and social issues, both domestic and international, were therefore the focus of TGP productions. As such, important to the TGP was the legibility of an image, the relevance of an image to the global predicaments of marginalized citizens, and the role of their work in fostering action.
Topics at the core of their prints and addressed in this show include: Mexico's divided heritage and fragmented history; poverty and oppression; defending the nationalization of natural resources; civil liberties for labor movements; education; agrarian reform; free speech; and human rights and social justice for the popular classes.
On display will be prints from "En Nombre de Cristo: Han Asesinado Mas de 200 Maestros (1939)," "450 años de lucha, Homenaje al pueblo mexicano (1960)," "!Viva Zapata! (1979)," and the "Conferencia Latinoamericana por la Soberania Nacional (1961)."
The exhibit is curated by Theresa Avila, Ph.D. candidate, Department of Art and Art History, UNM. Avila is currently writing her dissertation "Chronicles of Revolution and Nation: El Taller de Gráfica Popular's ‘Las Estampas de la Revolución Mexicana.'"
The exhibit, which is generously funded by Inter-American Studies in the University Library and the Latin American and Iberian Institute, is on display through July 13, 2012. It is free and open to the public.
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