Today in History: Plan de San Luis Potosí

Image credit: Everardo Ramírez, “El Plan de San Luis aterroriza a la dictadura,” from the Taller de Gráfica Popular portfolio, “450 años de lucha: Homenaje al pueblo mexicano,” 1960. Center for Southwest Research, UNM University Libraries. ZIM CSWR Pict Colls PICT 999-021-0061

Today marks the 110th anniversary of the Plan de San Luis Potosí, which initiated the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920). Written by Francisco I. Madero while in exile in Texas, the Plan called for an end to Porfirio Díaz’s long presidential reign known as the Porfiriato, the provisional presidency for legitimate winner Madero, and for Mexicans to unite against despotism on November 20, 1910. This Plan helped set into action a series of events and people who shaped Mexican life, politics, and art for the next ten years, and to this very day.

Some years ago, we had the privilege of showing Sen. Jeff and Anne Bingaman’s collection of prints from Mexico’s Taller de Gráfica Popular, an artist’s print collective, founded in 1937, that focused on sociopolitical art to further the goals of the Revolution. For those that didn’t get a chance to see the exhibition in person, we have our virtual tour of “A Mexican Mirror: Prints from the Taller de Gráfica Popular” here for your enjoyment. ¡Qué viva la Revolución!

You can visit the virtual tour here: