Méndez Rising: Spotlight on the revolutionary works of an artist for social justice
A Special Tribute to the Art of Leopoldo Méndez
Leopoldo Méndez (1902-1969) was a Mexican artist known for his political and social-justice images, and was part of a revolutionary arts movement that flourished in Mexico City from the 1930s through the ‘50s. Méndez, a printmaker and engraver, devoted his career to political activism, refusing fame or fortune. A San Francisco-Oakland Newspaper Guild member bought a set of original signed Méndez prints in a Sixth Street secondhand store for the price of a sandwich and donated them to the local. Now the Guild has had the prints professionally restored for permanent display in the union’s Natoma Street headquarters, and commissioned research honoring the Méndez legacy in visual arts, cinema and labor history.
A Panel Discussion on Mendez’s art will begin at 7:00 (panelists to be announced)
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See also: http://mediaworkers.org/ http://mediaworkers.org/mendez-rising-art-show-at-the-guild/ http://www.laborfest.net/2014/2014schedule.htm