Wings of Life – Alas de Vida

Reception: 2012-10-13, 7:00pm  |  Open: 2012-10-03  |  Close: 2012-11-04

El Dia de los Muertos Petaluma 2012

Jim Nikas Ted Talk

October4 – November 4, 2012
Reception October 13, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Friday, October 19, 6:30 – 8:00 pm –  Join us for an Evening’s Journey with Guest Curator/filmmaker Jim Nikas. He will discuss the art and Imagery of social movements with roots in the 22-year collaboration between Mexican artist Jose Guadalupe Posada (1852-1923) and publisher Aontonio Vanegas Arroyo (1852-1917).

This exhibit will be comprised of specially selected prints from the private collection of New WorldPrints representing a brief sampling of the works relating to El Dia de los Muertos by José Guadalupe Posada and Manuel Manilla and art by local artists demonstrating Posada nd Manilla’s influence on contemporary imagery.
Perhaps the most famous image that Posada created seen here is known today as La Calavera Catrina, 

which is the feminine of the Catrin or male dandy. 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of her first appearance in the publications of Antonio Vanegas Arroyo. Posada never illustrated her in any form other than as she appears here. As far as we know she appeared first in November of 1912, a mere three months before Posada died in January of 1913. But the popular image has since been portrayed countless times.  Diego Rivera  was the first to create a full-length version La Catrina in honor of Posada in his mural at the Hotel del Prado in Mexico City.
In addition to this timely exhibit El Dia de los Muertos Petaluma 2012 and the Petaluma Arts Center will be hosting  city wide altars and exhibitions; numerous other events and workshops and classes for kids and adults including a hat making workshop in honor of La Catrina’s 100th birthday
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