WESLACO—Dr. Irving W. Levinson, member of UTPA’s History faculty, will present a program covering the Mexican Revolution of 1910 at the Weslaco Museum, 500 S. Texas, on Saturday, November 20, at 2 p.m. The program is free.
Following the program, there will be a reception for Dr. Levinson and to mark the opening of the museum’s current exhibit, Taller de Grafica Popular (Popular Graphic Arts Workshop). The exhibit commemorates the centennial of the 1910 Mexican Revolution and will be on display through December 4.
Dr. Levinson received his Ph.D. from the University of Houston in 2003, where his dissertation formed the basis of his first book, Wars with War: Mexican Guerillas, Domestic Elites, and the United States of America 1846-1848.
He created several upper division courses for UTPA’s curriculum, including The History of Mexican Cinema,” “Mexico from Pre-Conquest to the Present,” and “Mexico’s First Century as a Republic 1810-1910.”
Before joining the UTPA faculty, Dr. Levinson taught at the University of Tennessee – Knoxville and the University of Texas – Austin, focusing on U.S- Mexican Relations and Modern Mexico.
Currently he serves on UTPA’s Admissions Committee and other department committees, and he frequently visits Mexico.
The Taller de Grafica Popular was a vibrant collective of established and emerging artists who used visual art for social change. Several U. S. artists also produced work there.
The collection offers a broad survey of prints and posters produced by Mexico’s foremost political print shop from the early 1900s to 1938, when the group of artists disbanded. The extensive collection on display includes monochrome relief prints – linoleum print and woodcuts, screen prints, engravings and lithographs.
The subject matter includes land reform, political candidates, anti-war and anti-imperialist movements, folk life, labor, Mexican revolutionary history and heroes.
The Weslaco Museum is open at 500 S. Texas Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Regular admission is free to members, $3 for adults, $2 for seniors, $1 for students 5-17, and free to children five and under, with free admission on the first Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and for special programs.