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Prints and Drawings
Artist: José Chávez Morado, Mexican, 1909–2002
Publisher: Taller de Gráfica Popular, Mexican, founded 1937

“La risa del pueblo”: Con su música a otra parte (“The Laughter of the People”: Take Your Music Somewhere Else)

1939

Lithograph

sheet: 67 × 43 cm (26 3/8 × 16 15/16 in.)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Holmes Pearson, B.A. 1932, Ph.D. 1941
1954.4.23
Broadsheets distributed by the Taller existed as alternative media to the right-wing, foreign-controlled newspapers. In this piece, a gachupín—a negative term for Spaniards living in Mexico—sits blowing into a tuba, sardonically labeled “free press.” The head of Miguel Ordorica, the pro-fascist editor of La prensa, forms the bell of the instrument, with names of other papers written on his neck. Wearing a swastika earring, he breathes out words like “lies,” “betrayal,” and “provocation.” The verses below declare that the free press is actually “neither free nor press,” and the expression con su música a otra parte means, politely, “get lost.”
Geography: 
Made in Mexico
Status: 
By appointment
Culture: 
Mexican
Period: 
20th century
Classification: 
Works on Paper - Prints - Posters
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