Mexico At The Hour Of Combat: Sabino Osuna's Photographs of the Mexican Revolution

Date: 05.20.2013 - 08.23.2013

Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location: Founders Hall Art Gallery 2nd Fl

Gallery hours: Monday - Friday from 9 am - 5 pm.  Admission Free
Opening Reception:  June 29, 2013, Saturday, 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.

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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. The collection mainly covers the period 1910 to 1914. 

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 half of it, photographically impressive. Additionally, in contrast to the famous Casasola Archive of nearly 500,000 images that cover the Mexican Revolution through the 1940s, the Osuna archive presents one person’s viewpoint, rather than that of a hundreds of photographs as with the Casasola Archive.  

About the Artist:
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.

A 118-page book that includes several essays accompanies this exhibition and is also available from Laguna Wilderness Press.

This traveling exhibition has been organized by UCR ARTSblock and curated by Tyler Stallings, Artistic Director, UCR Culver Center of the Arts and Director, UCR Sweeney Art Gallery, 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 is provided by UC Mexus, UCR Libraries, Latin American Perspectives, and Laguna Wilderness Press.

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Sabino Osuna, Portrait of Pancho Villa, ca. 1910-1914, photograph, courtesy of Sweeney Art Gallery and Special Collections Library, University of California, Riverside.