An iconic collection of original broadsheets, pamphlets, printing plates, books, game boards, and engravings by José Guadalupe Posada, as well as works inspired by his legacy, will be featured at the Arlington Museum of Art.
José Guadalupe Posada: Legendary Printmaker of Mexico will run from October 21, 2023 – January 7, 2024. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10:00 a.m. on Sept. 22.
An artist who popularized the calavera (skeleton) commonly seen today and most frequently around El Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), José Guadalupe Posada (1852–1913) was an illustrator and printmaker in Mexico City during the decades leading up to the Mexican Revolution. Through his work with visionary publisher Antonio Vanegas Arroyo, Posada satirized many poignant issues of the day, informing and critiquing the transitioning culture of the times.
José Guadalupe Posada: Legendary Printmaker of Mexico will be the last exhibition held at the Arlington Museum of Art’s current location.
By Spring 2024 and in partnership with the City of Arlington, the AMA will move to the Arlington Entertainment District into a location with eight times the exhibition space of its current building. In this new, world-class arts destination, the AMA will remain true to its roots while multiplying its creative capacity, presenting exhibitions of traditional, immersive, and interactive art that will change every 3-4 months. Additional amenities will include a dedicated community gallery, education center, and expanded gift shop.
The timing of José Guadalupe Posada: Legendary Printmaker of Mexico, which opens about a week before El Día de los Muertos (celebrated in Mexico on November 2), is not coincidental, according to AMA President and CEO Chris Hightower.
“El Día de los Muertos is an occasion for celebrating those who came before us,” said Hightower. “What better time for the AMA to honor the museum’s founders—and all of those who worked to build on their foundation—than in conjunction with an exhibition of Posada’s work, an artist whose legacy is not only tied with a time of remembering but with doing good in the world through art?”
José Guadalupe Posada: Legendary Printmaker of Mexico Quick Facts
Exhibition Dates: October 21, 2023 – January 7, 2024
Hours of Exhibition:
Tuesday-Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
AMA Members: Free
Adult (19-54): $20
Senior (55+): $15
Youth (13-18): $15
Child (2-12): $5
Infant (0-1): Free
Active military and group ticket rates available
Tickets for José Guadalupe Posada: Legendary Printmaker of Mexico will only be available at arlingtonmuseum.org. AMA members are able to access free tickets for the exhibit, and tickets will go on sale to the general public at 10:00 a.m. on Sept. 22.
Sponsors and Partners:
This exhibition is organized by the Posada Art Foundation. Museum tour organized by Landau Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA. Sponsors include Jay and Tonya Rosenberger and United Service Association for Healthcare. Operational support for the AMA is provided in part by the Arlington Cultural Tourism Council. The museum’s website was made possible by a grant from the Arlington Tomorrow Foundation.
About the Arlington Museum of Art
The Arlington Museum of Art is dedicated to championing creativity and providing access to art for the educational enrichment and cultural development of our community. Its forward-thinking curatorial mission drives the museum to present relevant and engaging art exhibits that change several times a year and attract visitors from all over the world. For more information about The New AMA, coming to the Arlington Entertainment District in Spring 2024, visit arlingtonmuseum.org/reimagine-the-ama.