UCR/California Museum of Photography announces Mexico at the Hour of Combat: Sabino Osuna’s Photographs of the Mexican Revolution

Mexico at the Hour of Combat: Sabino Osuna’s Photographs of the Mexican Revolution is an exhibition open November 10, 2012 – January 26, 2013, and book based on the Osuna Collection of 427 glass negatives of the Mexican Revolution, which are held in the Special Collections section of University of California, Riverside, which mainly cover the period 1910 to 1914. The principal photographer was Sabino Osuna, about whom little is known. Internal evidence suggests that he was a commercial photographer in Mexico City, whose work shifted from portraiture and architectural studies to photo history when the Revolution began. He had excellent access to the protagonists on all sides, and captured many moods of this dramatic revolutionary period. The collection is not just an odd gathering. It displays internal unity, with several concentrations of subject matter. It primarily covers the early years of the Revolution, in and around the capital. There is no doubt that the entire archive is historically important, and half of it, photographically impressive. Additionally, in contrast to the famous Casasola Archive of nearly 500,000 images that cover the Mexican Revolution through the 1940s, the Osuna archive presents one person’s viewpoint, rather than that of a hundreds of photographs as with the Casasola Archive. The exhibition is accompanied by a 144-page book that includes several essays. Support provided by UC Mexus, Latin American Perspectives, and Laguna Wilderness Press.

Organized by UCR Sweeney Art Gallery, and curated by Tyler Stallings, artistic director, Culver Center of the Arts and director, Sweeney Art Gallery, and Ronald H. Chilcote, Chair, Program in Latin American Studies, Professor of Economics Emeritus and Professor of Political Science Emeritus, UC Riverside. Managing Editor, Latin American Perspectives, 1973-present.

UCR/California Museum of Photography is located at 3824 Main Street, on the Pedestrian Mall in downtown Riverside, California. Regular Gallery and Museum Store hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 12 PM to 5 PM. Admission is $3 for the general public and free to members, students and seniors. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. UCR/CMP offers guided educational tours to groups of 10 or more. Guided tours must be scheduled in advance and are appropriate for adults and grades 7-12; a nominal scheduling fee of $35 is charged. Waiver of the fee will be considered for groups with special needs.

For more information, please call 24-hour info line: 951.784.FOTO or visit http://www.cmp.ucr.edu

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