Mexico at the Hour of Combat and Class Works 2013 are open at Founders Hall Art Gallery through August 23, 2013
Mexico at the Hour of Combat: Sabino Osuna’s Photographs of the Mexican Revolution is an exhibition and book based on the Osuna Collection of 427 glass negatives of the Mexican Revolution, which are held in the Special Collections section of University of California, Riverside. This is the first time that the exhibition of rare photographs from 1910-1914 has been shown in Orange County. The principal photographer was Sabino Osuna, about whom little is known. Internal evidence suggests that he was a commercial photographer in Mexico City, whose work shifted from portraiture and architectural studies to photo history when the Revolution began. He had excellent access to the protagonists on all sides, and captured many moods of this dramatic revolutionary period. The collection is not just an odd gathering. It displays internal unity, with several concentrations of subject matter. It primarily covers the early years of the Revolution, in and around the capital. There is no doubt that the entire archive is historically important and this is a unique opportunity to experience this rarely seen photography.
The exhibition was organized originally by UCR ARTSblock’s California Museum of Photography, and was first presented there November 3, 2012-January 5, 2013.
The exhibition is curated by Tyler Stallings, Artistic Director, Culver Center of the Arts & Director, Sweeney Art Gallery at UCR ARTSblock, University of California, Riverside, and Ronald H. Chilcote, Professor of Economics Emeritus and Professor of Political Science Emeritus, University of California, Riverside, Managing Editor, Latin American Perspectives. Support for the exhibition and the publication has been provided by UC Mexus, UCR Libraries, Latin American Perspectives, and Laguna Wilderness Press.
A 118-page book that includes several scholarly essays accompanies this exhibition, which is available at the UCR ARTSblock bookstore or from Laguna Wilderness Press: http://www.lagunawildernesspress.com
Class Works 2013 features the work of Soka University art students. The exhibition includes drawing and painting and photography. Please see the recent review and photos by Suzanne Chun in The Examiner: http://www.examiner.com/article/worldwide-talent-at-soka-art-exhibit