Photo Exhibit Commemorates 100th Anniversary of Emiliano Zapata’s Death

by | Mar 16, 2019 | Community, Community Outreach, Events, Exhibits, Lectures

An international photo exhibit celebrating the life of Mexican icon Emiliano Zapata will be on display April 4-15 in the atrium of The David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History at One East Center Street on the Fayetteville Square.

The University of Arkansas is one of three universities – including the University of Notre Dame and the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia – to host the photo exhibit.

It is one of several events being held at the Pryor Center in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Zapata’s death.

These events will include a public lecture, a bilingual community celebration, and a film screening.

The exhibit, “Emiliano Zapata: 100 años, 100 fotos / Emiliano Zapata: 100 years, 100 photographs” depicts the life of Zapata, who was a champion of agrarian and indigenous rights, and for many is a national hero who represented the idealism of the Mexican Revolution.

“The image and symbol of Emiliano Zapata has been carefully cultivated for decades, but popular forces both in Mexico and in the Mexican American diaspora in the United States have challenged the official image, and people identify with Zapata for their own reasons,” said professor Paul Hart of Texas State University, who will give an exhibit-related talk on April 4.

The photographs in the exhibit are from the Casasola Collection, one of the primary archives of the Mexican Revolution.

The U of A exhibit is curated by faculty and students associated with the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences’ Latin American and Latino Studies Program and experts from Art Emporium who mounted the photographs for public viewing.

All of the events being held at the Pryor Center are free and open to the public.

These include:

  • Re-remembering Zapata: Managed Memory and Contested Meaning
    5 p.m. Thursday, April 4
    Professor Paul Hart of Texas State University is the director of the Center for International Studies, and he recently published Emiliano Zapata: Mexico’s Social Revolutionary. In this talk, he will explore why Zapata remains relevant today as a symbol of resistance and hope, how his memory and meaning remain contested territory, and how history is used to shape the present.
  • Opening Reception for Emiliano Zapata: 100 años, 100 fotos / Emiliano Zapata: 100 years, 100 photographs Exhibit 
    6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, April 4
    Rodolfo Quilantán Arenas, Cónsul of México in Little Rock, will give the reception’s opening remarks and talk about the Casasola Collection and Zapata’s legacy.
  • Zapata’s Legacy Today
    4-6 p.m. Saturday, April 6
    This family-friendly, bilingual community celebration will feature music and folksongs, games and crafts for children, food and fun. Featured guests will also include musician Al “Papa Rap” Lopez and Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan.
  • Film Screening of Viva Zapata
    5 p.m. Thursday, April 11
    The 1952 film Viva Zapata — directed by Elia Kazan and starring Marlon Brando, Jean Peters and Anthony Quinn — tells the story of Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata, who led the rebellion against the dictatorship of Porfirio Diaz in the early 20th century.

For more information, please call the Pryor Center at 479-575-6829.

Partners and sponsors for these events and the exhibit include the Consulate of Mexico in Little RockArt EmporiumUniversity LibrariesLa Oficina Latina, the Honors CollegeThe David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History, the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences’ Latin American and Latino Studies ProgramHumanities Program and Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies Program, as well as the Department of World Languages, Literatures and CulturesDepartment of HistoryDepartment of Sociology and CriminologySchool of Journalism and Strategic Media and the Diane D. Blair Center of Southern Politics and Society.

About the Casasola Collection: The Casasola Collection is inspired by Agustín Victor Casasola, a Mexican photographer and co-founder of the Mexican Association of Press Photographers. He worked for several newspapers in Mexico City in the early 20th century shooting images of daily life, Mexican presidents, and other aspects of Mexican culture. A prolific photographer, Casasola captured or collected hundreds of images of the revolutionary struggle, including images of Emiliano Zapata.

About the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences: The J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences is the largest and most academically diverse unit on campus with three schools, 16 departments and 43 academic programs and research centers. The college provides the core curriculum for all University of Arkansas students and is named for J. William Fulbright, former university president and longtime U.S. senator.

A version of this story also appear in the U of A’s Newswire publication.

Andra Parrish Liwag

Director of Communications, J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences 

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