A Little Piece of Mexico: Postcards of Guillermo Kahlo and His Contemporaries

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 22, 2013 MEDIA CONTACT:  Michelle Jeffers (415) 557-4282; mjeffers@sfpl.org  

A Little Piece of Mexico:

Postcards of Guillermo Kahlo and His Contemporaries


Main Library, Jewett Gallery, Sept. 14 through Dec. 29, 2013

  Of all the postcards of all the countries, Mexican postcards are unique.  Mexico in the early 1900s was practically unknown territory, rich in a diversity of people, customs and ethnic dresses and a place of conflicts and wars, generals and traitors, beautiful women and dangerous men, stunning landscapes, volcanoes, rivers, baroque architecture and thousand year old pyramids. All of it engaging to the eye and the camera.
A Little Piece of Mexico:  Postcards of Guillermo Kahlo and His Contemporaries
explores Mexico from the turn of the last century through its postcards. The exhibit features the work of international photographers Willhelm Kahlo – a German photographer who nationalized his name to Guillermo (and the father of Frida); Abel Briquet (France), F. Leon (Oaxaca); Caecilie Seler (Germany), CB Waite (US), and Felix Miret (Mexico).   This exhibition, on view in the San Francisco Main Library’s Jewett Gallery,  100 Larkin St., Sept. 14 through Dec. 29, is drawn from the private collection of postcards owned by San Francisco Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguía.   These post cards were sold in all sorts of venues, bookstores, cafes, restaurants, tourist sites and bus stops.  Looking at these images it is easy to reassemble a picture of Mexico prior to the 1910 revolution. The exhibition will remember the work of these important photographers. It will show Mexico City and its environs as it was more than 100 years ago and show a photographic history of the country through images of its architecture, landscape and people. More than 200 postcards will be on view in this exhibit, in addition to expanded reproductions of many of the postcards in an effort to show their striking images and details.  
The exhibit is sponsored by the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, the Consulate General of Mexico in San Francisco, the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs of San Francisco State University, and the City Lights Foundation.   Related Programs:   Exhibit Opening Event with San Francisco Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguía – Sept. 14, 1 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St.   Gone But Not Forgotten: Correspondence Calaveras for Dio de los Muertos – Nov. 3, 2-4 p.m., Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room, 100 Larkin St. Jennie Hinchcliff and members of the SF Correspondence Co-op celebrate Dio de los Muertos. Attendees are encouraged to write, reflect, and correspond with loved ones -- creating short poems known as calaveras -- in the spirit of the holiday. Artwork created during the afternoon can be kept as a keepsake or mailed to friends; all artwork completed and mailed from the event will receive a commemorative hand cancellation."   Virgin Guadalupe Celebration – Dec. 14, 2 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St.   Also join us for ¡Viva! San Francisco Public Library's Latino/Hispanic Heritage Month celebration, featuring music, arts, films, crafts and more, for all ages, in September and October 2013.  
August 22, 2013