Illustrating Anarchy and Revolution

Mar. 15, 2014

Mar. 15, 2014 @ 11:00 am Jun. 1, 2014 @ 5:00 pm


Illustrating Anarchy and Revolution evolved from a partnership between the La Casa de El Hijo del Ahuizote Museum and The University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS) academic conference “Illustrating Anarchy and Revolution: Mexican Legacies of Global Change.” This survey exhibition extends the conference’s thematic analysis of Mexico’s Flores Magón brothers’ anarchist legacies and presents associated sociopolitical art and international ephemera referencing social, agrarian, and labor movements of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Flores Magón Brothers

The Flores Magón Brothers, Ricardo and Enrique, were critical leaders leading up to the 1910 Mexican Revolution. Their political resistance publications, such as “Regeneración” and “El Hijo del Ahuizote,” used political caricatures and analysis to critique the Mexican government. The publications’ content led to several arrests for insulting the Mexican government, and in 1903 the Flores Magón brothers sought exile in the United States in Texas and later Missouri, California, and Canada. While in the U.S. the Flores Magón brothers continued their political publications, and in 1905 created the Junta Organizadora del Partido Liberal Mexicano (Organizing Board of the Mexican Liberal Party). The Flores Magón Brothers were repeatedly arrested in the U.S. and were eventually found guilty of charges violating the US neutrality laws and Espionage Act of 1917. In 1922, Ricardo Flores Magón died under questionable circumstances at Leavenworth Penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kansas.

Selected Artists

Jesus Barraza, Nao Bustamante, Sam Durant, Eric J. Garcia, Astrid Hadad, Ester Hernandez, Julio Salgado, Ernesto Yerena Montejano, Las Cafeteras, and works from the Mexic-Arte Museum Permanent Collection. At the exhibition opening a special performance was put on by the world-renowned performance artist, singer, and actress Astrid Hada.

Installation Images

Photos by Whitney Devins Photography