“Elvira Sarmiento: Alludere Posada”

Contemporary Mexican artist Elvira Sarmiento comments on society’s fear of new technology, as well as its thirst for sensationalistic news, in the exhibit “Elvira Sarmiento: Alludere Posada.” The title refers to famed printmaker José Guadalupe Posada, whose work Sarmiento alludes to in her new creations, reflecting the themes he often explored. (Posada’s work is the focus of the exhibit “Calaveras Mexicanas: The Art and Influence of José Guadalupe Posada,” currently at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in celebration of the 100th anniversary of his birth.) A first-prize winner at the 15th National Print Competition held at the Posada Museum in Mexico, Sarmiento created three series of prints for “Alludere Posada”: “Unusual Stories,” “Tremendous Revelations” and “Now That It Is in Vogue to Crown Just Anyone.” Keelin Burrows, curator for the Museum of Printing History, which is hosting the show, worked closely with Sarmiento during the past year as the printmaker developed the three series. Burrows eventually chose 26 works from the 30 that Sarmiento created. “I took a sampling of each of the series,” says Burrows, “taking what I thought were the strongest pieces that made a narrative tied to the narrative that she was already trying to convey in her work.”

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Through February 1. 1324 West Clay. For information, call 713-522-4652 or visit printingmuseum.org. Free.
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Starts: Nov. 14. Continues through Feb. 1, 2013

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