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Power to the People: Mexican Art from the Moffett Collection

Drawing on work from James and Virginia Moffett of Kansas City, Missouri, "Power to the People: Mexican Prints from the Moffett Collection" explores the political and social conditions of early-20th-century Mexico and the dynamic, groundbreaking art that emerged from the Mexican Revolution (1910–1920) and greatly influenced the trajectory of modern art around the globe.
This period of war and dramatic civic upheaval witnessed a flowering of artistic production, particularly in printmaking and the graphic arts. Mexico’s long printmaking tradition dates to the late 1500s and was often geared to a popular audience. Artists such as José Guadalupe Posada, Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and Jean Charlot—icons of Mexican modernism—highlighted popular traditions and everyday imagery to create new messages of social justice meant to appeal directly to the working classes in the Mexican provinces.

The "Power to the People" traveling exhibition is curated by Cori Sherman North of the Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery, Bill North of the Clara Hatton Center, and Reilly Shwab when at the Wichita Art Museum. The exhibition consists of more than seventy works on paper, paintings, portfolios, and wood block matrices. Ten Posada broadsheets originally from the collection of Jean Charlot were added to this venue's display.

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