PulqueriaArtist(s)José Clemente OrozcoArtist NationalityMexicanObject Creation Datecirca 1928Medium & Supportlithograph on paperDimensions
13 in x 16 9/16 in (33.02 cm x 42.07 cm);22 in x 22 15/16 in (55.88 cm x 58.26 cm);15 3/16 in x 21 7/8 in (38.58 cm x 55.56 cm)Credit LineGift of Mina L. WinslowSubject matter
This print shows caricatures of indigenous Mexican men dance outside of a working man's bar called a pulquería. The title, Pulquería,
is derived from the drink known as pulque which is a fermented juice from the maguey plant. Near Orozco's studio in Mexico was a place where people bought pulque called Echate La Otra, which translates to "Have Another One." The Indian men are wearing a mix of indigenous and westernized clothing to symbolize the mixed nature of Mexican popular culture. Their drinking and exaggerated facial features are characteristic of typical stereotypes of indigenous people. Orozco was known for criticizing the Mexican government, and he maintained a pessimistic perspective throughout his art. This print illustrates, "a compassion for the oppressed" but is simultaneously dismissive of social justice.
A crowd of figures dances and drinks outside of an establishment with the words "Echate La Otra" across the top of the entrance. Figures outside the restaurant are wearing patterned tunics, tall socks and shoes, and tall conical hats with plumes of feathers. The figures inside the establishment are wearing sombreros.Primary Object Classification Print Primary Object Typeplanographic printCollection AreaModern and ContemporaryRights
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