Find out where the Day of the Dead images of skeletons and skulls come from at ''Calaveras Mexicanas: The Art and Influence of Jose Guadalupe Posada,'' on exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Marking the 100th anniversary of Posada's death, the exhibit includes works by the famed Mexican printmaker and those he influenced. ''He had a huge impact,'' says Dena M. Woodall, MFAH associate curator of prints and drawings. ''And not only during his own time period, but you can see how his work has influenced contemporary artists. I was going down the street the other day and on the side of a food truck, I saw a calavera that was very reminiscent of Posada. A lot of the imagery that Posada created has been used for Day of the Dead. I think people will be surprised at the images [in the exhibit] that will be familiar to them. I think people will say, 'Oh, that's where all of this comes from.' We're so familiar with it that we've forgotten that it had a source, that it came from somewhere. That somewhere is Posada.''
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