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Art as Activism

Taller de Gráfica Popular

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Exhibition

Art as Activism

Taller de Gráfica Popular

This exhibition from The Baker Museum’s permanent collection focuses on a period of social and political upheaval in Mexico following its 1910 revolution. Established in 1937 in Mexico City by a collective of revolutionary artists, the Taller de Gráfica Popular (People’s Graphic Workshop, TGP) produced incisive images to give a voice to the masses. At the core of the Taller’s political agenda and critical discourse were the causes of marginalized or oppressed sectors of society, especially Mexican workers and peasants. Concerned also with contemporary politics on a global scale, the Taller denounced the Spanish Civil War and fascism. Its aesthetic was informed by the Mexican printmaking tradition as well as by the Soviet avant-garde visual rhetoric. Displayed at The Baker Museum for the first time, the complete portfolio of the Taller de Gráfica Popular, 450 Años de lucha: homenaje al pueblo mexicano comprises more than 140 prints. Art as Activism also includes paintings and drawings by Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and Rufino Tamayo, among other famous artists. To establish the TGP’s historical context, the exhibition presents a selection of books and artifacts, such as a small printing press and other period materials.

Art as Activism: Taller de Gráfica Popular includes didactic materials in English and Spanish.

Exposición

Art as Activism

Taller de Gráfica Popular

Esta exposición de la colección permanente de The Baker Museum gira en torno al periodo de inestabilidad social y política que México vivió tras la revolución de 1910. Establecido en 1937 en Ciudad de México por un colectivo de artistas revolucionarios, el Taller de Gráfica Popular produjo un lenguaje gráfico incendiario usando el arte como herramienta de activismo político. Las causas de sectores sociales marginados y oprimidos, como trabajadores y campesinos, fueron la base de la agenda política y el discurso crítico del colectivo. Interesados además en asuntos de política mundial, los miembros del Taller denunciaron la Guerra Civil Española y el fascismo. La estética del TGP se nutrió de la tradición del grabado mexicano y también emuló la retórica visual vanguardista de la Unión Soviética. Expuesto en The Baker Museum por primera vez, el portfolio del Taller de Gráfica Popular, 450 Años de lucha: homenaje al pueblo mexicano comprende más de 140 grabados. Art as Activism también incluye pinturas y dibujos de Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros y Rufino Tamayo, entre otros importantes artistas. La exposición presenta además una selección de libros sobre el legado del colectivo,  varios artefactos, como una pequeña imprenta, y otros objetos de época.

Art as Activism: Taller de Gráfica Popular incluye material didáctico en inglés y en español.

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