Art of Posada Inspired Images Created for Disney Pixar’s Film “Coco”

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, December 05, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ — A screening of the award-winning documentary Searching for Posada: ART and Revolutions, will take place Thursday December 7, 2017 from 5:00pm to 6:00pm in Art Lecture Hall, Room #133 on the campus of San Jose State University. The screening is in conjunction with the exhibition: Jose Guadalupe Posada and the Mexican Penny Press, now on display in the Natalie & James Thompson Art Gallery through Friday December 15, 2017. The Director of the Posada Art Foundation, Jim Nikas, will attend the screening, providing a brief background to the film with Q and A afterwards. Admission is free, seating limited to first come first served.

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Searching for Posada: ART and Revolutions reveals the amazing story of Mexico’s famed artist-printer Jose Guadalupe Posada whose skeleton images leap to life each year during observance on the Day of the Dead. But from his work over 100 years ago springs an unbelievable sphere of influence and inspiration touching and connecting events like the Mexican Revolution, artists fighting Nazis and Fascism, Lucha Libre, the Cuban Revolution, the Grateful Dead, Day of the Dead and the art of social movements like Occupy, Chicano(a) imagery, United Farm Workers, Black Lives Matter and immigration reform.

Considered the father of Mexican printmaking, Posada’s story is shrouded in myth. His name little known, yet his art has shaped and influenced the work of a nearly endless list of artists including: Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Enrique Chagoya, Francisco Toledo and Ester Hernandez. Though Posada’s name is, more often than not, forgotten, the skeleton images, called calaveras, he created are nearly universally seen today especially during observance of Day of the Dead. According to Posada Art Foundation Director, Jim Nikas, “The box office success of the Disney Pixar film “Coco” has its roots in the lively imagery of Jose Guadalupe Posada’s beloved Day of the Dead calaveras. The art of Posada clearly inspired the images created for ‘Coco’.”

The 40-minute documentary explores the untold story, attempting to discover the truth about Jose Guadalupe Posada’s life. Shot on location in Mexico from director Victor H. Mancilla (201 Squadron: The Forgotten Eagles, awarded 2009 Smithsonian Institution Best Historical Documentary), ART and Revolutions winner of Best Short Documentary Film at the Jerome Indy 89A Film and Music Festival in September, 2015.

About The Posada Art Foundation (www,
The Posada Art Foundation mission, in addition to maintaining a collection of over 2,500 printed works, and printing blocks, is to educate, inspire and sustain the legacy of Mexican artist Jose Guadalupe Posada (1852-1913). The Foundation, through the presence of its exhibitions, merchandise and licensing sales supports a variety of not-for-profit organizations projects in the visual arts and education that assist multi-cultural youth development, including emerging artists, as well as organizations involved in education and research in social movements.

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