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Mexican printmaking exhibition opens January 28

January 19, 2012

The exhibition, Mexican Prints from the Calle Collection, opens on Saturday, January 28 at the University Art Museum. The TGP had an open, anti-elitist policy and welcomed the poor, women, indigenous peoples, and artists of color. The result is a broad range of stylistic differences.

The TGP produced works that addressed land reform, anti-war and anti-imperialist movements, folk life, labor and trade unions, and other progressive causes.The Calle Collection

The Taller de Gráfica Popular and Graphic Commitment will be on exhibition, Saturday, January 28 through Saturday, April 7 at the University Art Museum. This event is free!

From 1937 to 1960 the Mexican printmaking collective, known as the Taller de Gráfica Popular (the People’s Graphic Workshop), produced thousands of prints, posters, broadsides, portfolios, and books.

The Taller was a vibrant collective of established and emerging artists committed to the direct use of visual art in the service of social change.

Museum hours/location

The museum is open 11 a.m.–7 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

The University Art Museum is located on the first floor of the University Center for the Arts in the renovated old Fort Collins High School at 1400 Remington Street on the southeast end of the Colorado State University campus in Fort Collins, Colorado. View a parking map.

Art advancing social causes

This Mexico City-based organization flourished in spite of the prominence of the more widely known Mexican Muralist Movement.

Marginalized artists welcomed

The TGP had an open, anti-elitist policy whereby women, the poor, indigenous peoples, and artists of color were welcome. This inclusiveness extended from the TGP’s broad acceptance of stylistic difference to collaborative working practices.

Works were largely ignored in art history

Despite an extremely productive output and a prestigious record of exhibitions, awards, and museum purchases, the art of this prolific printmaking atelier remains under the radar in the history of modern art.

This exhibition will introduce the TGP through the prints of the Calle Collection, placing them within a national context and into the scope of international modernism. The exhibition is accompanied by a full-color catalogue and bi-lingual labels and wall text. 

Contact: Jennifer Clary
Phone: (970) 491-6303