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Mexico at the Hour of Combat” Photo Exhibition Opens at Soka University’s Founders Hall Art Gallery, May 20-Aug 23, 2013

Sabino Osuna’s rare photographs of the Mexican Revolution are shown for the first time in Orange County.

When: May 20-August 23, 2013

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 29, 5:30-8:00 PM

Location: Soka University, Aliso Viejo, CA

Aliso Viejo, CA – Mexico at the Hour of Combat: Sabino Osuna’s Photographs of the Mexican Revolution will be open at Soka University’s Founders Hall Art Gallery in Aliso Viejo from May 20 – August 23, 2013. This is the first time that the exhibition of rare photographs from 1910-1914 has been shown in Orange County. Founders Hall Art Gallery, located at 1 University Drive in Aliso Viejo, is open from 9 am – 5 pm, Monday – Friday, and admission is free.

The Opening Reception will be on Saturday, June 29th from 5:30 – 8:00 pm. The free reception will be preceded and followed by the “Made in America” Men Alive concerts in Soka Performing Arts Center which begin at 3 pm and 8 pm. Concert attendees are encouraged to visit the exhibition after or before their concert. For concert information see:

Mexico at the Hour of Combat: Sabino Osuna’s Photographs of the Mexican Revolution
is an exhibition 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. 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 this is a unique opportunity to experience this rarely seen photography.

The exhibition was organized originally by UCR ARTSblock’s California Museum of Photography, and was first presented there November 3, 2012-January 5, 2013.

The exhibition is curated by Tyler Stallings, Artistic Director, Culver Center of the Arts & Director, Sweeney Art Gallery at UCR ARTSblock, University of California, Riverside, and Ronald H. Chilcote, Professor of Economics Emeritus and Professor of Political Science Emeritus, University of California, Riverside, Managing Editor, Latin American Perspectives. Support for the exhibition and the publication has been provided by UC Mexus, UCR Libraries, Latin American Perspectives, and Laguna Wilderness Press.

A 118-page bookthat includes several scholarly essays accompanies this exhibition, which is available at the UCR ARTSblock bookstore or from Laguna Wilderness Press:

Soka University of America is a private, non-profit, four-year liberal arts college and graduate program ranked in the Top 50 National Liberal Arts Colleges in US News & World Report’s “Best Colleges 2013.” The campus has a 9:1 student/faculty ratio and an average class size of 13. All undergraduate students study a foreign language and spend a semester studying abroad their junior year. Founded on the Buddhist principles of peace, human rights and the sanctity of life, SUA offers a non-sectarian curriculum and is open to students of all nationalities and beliefs.

A book with several scholarly essays accompanies the exhibition. It will be on view in the exhibition and can also be ordered from Laguna Wilderness Press:

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