Teatro Campesino Poster

The Teatro Campesino was founded by Luis Valdez in 1965 to energize the political message of the United Farmer Workers of America using song, music, and drama. Modern, bicultural, and socially aware, the street theater of the Teatro Campesino is a touchstone of Chicano art. At first taking their performances to the fields, Teatro Campesino actors and writers used the language and stories of working men and women to advance the civil rights of Mexican Americans and to celebrate and reengage with their history and popular traditions. Like many Chicano art forms, the Teatro Campesino uses imagery that bends time to combine critiques of contemporary life with visual references to modern, colonial, and pre-Hispanic Mexican symbols. This poster for the Teatro Campesino appropriates the artwork of Mexico's most famous printmaker, José Guadalupe Posada (1852-1913), who is best known for his humorous depictions of skeletons engaged in the love and conflict of daily life.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall: 89 cm x 59 cm; 35 1/16 in x 23 1/4 in
ID Number
nonaccession number
catalog number
Labor Unions
Migrant Workers
Mexican America
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Culture and the Arts: Entertainment
Mexican America
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Title (Spanish)
Póster del Teatro Campesino

Visitor Comments

7/19/2013 10:16:37 AM
i love this "art of work"
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