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Power to the People: Mexican Prints from the Great War to the Cold War

Drawing on work from the James and Virginia Moffett Collection of Kansas City, Missouri, "Power to the People: Mexican Prints from the Great War to the Cold War" 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, and David Alfaro Siqueiros—icons of Mexican modernism—drew on popular traditions and everyday imagery to create new messages of social justice meant to appeal directly to the working classes in the Mexican provinces.

"Power to the People" is guest-curated by Cori Sherman North of the Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery and Bill North of the Clara Hatton Center. The Wichita Art Museum extends special thanks to Teresa Molina, assistant professor of Spanish at Friends University, for advising and for translating "Power to the People" exhibition signage and labels for each work of art for Spanish-speaking visitors.

The exhibition consists of more than eighty works on paper, paintings, portfolios, and wood block matrices, and an exhibition catalogue will be available.

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