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Artist: Andrea Gómez, Mexican, 1926–2012
Publisher: Taller de Gráfica Popular, Mexico City, founded 1937

La juventud mexicana exige … Confederación de Jóvenes Mexicanos (Mexican Youth Demands … Confederation of Mexican Youth)


Color woodcut

24 × 49 cm (9 7/16 × 19 5/16 in.)
Gift of Monroe E. Price, B.A. 1960, LL.B. 1964, and Aimée Brown Price, M.A. 1963, Ph.D. 1972
On September 23, 1956, over two thousand troops and riot police entered and occupied the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN), where students had spent several months protesting poor administration and the embezzlement of funds. The Confederation of Mexican Youth, which commissioned the poster, was a political organization at IPN that had traditionally supported the federal government but whose sympathies changed after the occupation. The image of a peaceful crowd and beaten students counters the newspaper editorials and cartoons of the time, which portrayed the students as ungrateful rabble-rousers uninterested in school. The text on the right calls for the release of the hundreds arrested for so-called crimes of social dissolution.
Made in Mexico
20th century
Works on Paper - Prints

Purchased from the Taller de Gráfica by Aimée Brown Price and Monroe E. Price


Helga Prignitz, El Taller de Gráfica Popular en México, 1937–1977 (Mexico City: Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, 1992), 321, no. 121.

“Acquisitions 2015,” http://artgallery.yale.edu/sites/default/files/files/Pub_Bull_acquisitions_2015_updated%2012_16_15.pdf (accessed December 1, 2015).

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