“You may be familiar with the skeletal figures known as ‘calaveras’ or ‘catrinas’ that are so popular in November, but the artist who made them famous, José Guadalupe Posada, is largely unknown, and we are thrilled to present this show at the museum,” Rivas added. “He was a self-taught artist and illustrator, and this is a must-see for anyone interested in 19th-century Mexican art, history and culture.”
Posada’s lithographs have influenced many Latin American and Latino artists, cartoonists and creators because of the satirical depth and acuteness of their social commentary. As one of the most prolific printmakers in Mexico, Posada used skulls, calaveras and bones to engage in political critiques about everything from social injustice to corruption. One of his most enduring works is La Calavera Catrina, now associated with Día de los Muertos.
The Skeletal World of José Guadalupe Posada is organized by the Denver Art Museum. Support is provided by the donors to the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign and the residents who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Promotional support is provided by 5280 Magazine and CBS Colorado.
Planning Your Visit
The most up-to-date information on planning a visit to the Denver Art Museum can be found online under the Plan Your Visit tab. Use this page to find details on ticket pricing, public transit options and access information. General admission for museum members is free every day. Youth aged 18 and under receive free general admission everyday thanks to the museum’s Free for Kids program. Free for Kids also underwrites free admission for school and youth group visits.
About the Denver Art Museum
The Denver Art Museum is an educational, nonprofit resource that sparks creative thinking and expression through transformative experiences with art. Its mission is to enrich lives by sparking creative thinking and expression. Its holdings reflect the city and region—and provide invaluable ways for the community to learn about cultures from around the world. Metro residents support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), a unique funding source serving hundreds of metro Denver arts, culture and scientific organizations.
For museum information, visit www.denverartmuseum.org or call 720-865-5000.