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Guild art show and panel on Méndez a hit

More than 40 people showed up at the Mexican Museum in Fort Mason last week to explore the art of Leopoldo Méndez and a set of prints recently restored by the Media Workers Guild.

More than 40 people turned out to see the Guild's Mendez prints during LaborFest 2014 activities.  The prints were specially shown at the Mexican Museum in Fort Mason, San Francisco. Photo by Kat Anderson 2014.

More than 40 people turned out to see the Guild’s Mendez prints during LaborFest activities. The prints were specially shown at the Mexican Museum in Fort Mason, San Francisco. Photo by Kat Anderson 2014.

Art experts said the Guild’s prints represented some of Méndez’s best work. They were purchased at a second-hand store by the late Guild officer and Chronicle copy editor Rex Adkins in the early 1980s.

The prints were restored by Karen Zukor, an Oakland expert in paper conservation. She participated in a panel held last week at the Mexican Museum, which also included museum director David de la Torre and Media Guild Executive Officer Carl Hall.

David de la Torre, director of the Mexican Museum in Fort Mason Center, discusses the prints of Leopoldo Mendez that are displayed on the easels behind him.  Karen Zukor, who restored the prints, and Guild executive officer Carl Hall, look on.  The three panelists spoke about Mendez's art at a LaborFest event on Tuesday evening. Photo by Kat Anderson 2014.

David de la Torre, director of the Mexican Museum in Fort Mason Center, discusses the prints of Leopoldo Mendez that are displayed on the easels behind him. Karen Zukor, who restored the prints, and Guild Executive Officer Carl Hall, also were panelists during this LaborFest event. Photo by Kat Anderson 2014.

“All of our members have a right to be proud that we took good care of this work, and recognize its value,” Hall said.

Hall and freelance Guild member Alexandra Early co-wrote a story about the Méndez prints and their restoration which ran in the Chronicle’s Datebook section along with photos by Carlos Gonzalez.

The museum also has two works by Méndez in an ongoing exhibition, “Dialogos Gráficos.” The unique exhibition, which comprises pieces from the museum’s renowned permanent collection, showcases the rich printmaking traditions of Mexico, dating back to the days of José Guadalupe Posada (1851–1913) through today’s modern graphic artists and printmakers.

A visitor to the Mexican Museum views one of the Guild's Mendez print on special exhibit on July 8 during LaborFest activities.  The artist made the print from a linocut in 1950.  Photo by Kat Anderson 2014.

A visitor to the Mexican Museum views one of the Guild’s Mendez prints on special exhibit. The artist made the print from a linocut in 1950. Photo by Kat Anderson 2014.

 

 

Kat Anderson

Kat Anderson

Pacific Media Workers Guild Administrative Officer/Business Agent, founder of Bay News Rising mentorship program for college journalism students and editor of mediaworkers.org.

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  1. August 13, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    […] with the Mexican Museum in Ft. Mason, called “Mendez Rising.”  About 50 people attended that event.  The students were also invited to our first annual Freelancers Awards evening.  Many […]

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