Grinding Maize


Series Title
Mexican People
Artist
Leopoldo Mendez (Mexican, 1902 – 1968)
Date
1946
Medium
Lithograph
Dimensions
Sheet : 17 5/8 x 15 5/8 in. (44.77 x 39.69 cm)
Credit Line
Hope College Collection
Object Number
2016.1.1.9

Label
Maize, better known in the United States as corn, was first domesticated as a cereal crop by the indigenous inhabitants of Mexico and other neighboring countries more than five thousand years ago. It was the staple food of all pre-Hispanic Mexican civilizations and remains central to the cuisine and culture of Mexico today. To extend its usefulness as a food, maize is typically dried and stored in a granary called a coscomate. This print depicts a traditional form of coscomate granary found in central and southern Mexico. Leopoldo Mendez ranks among the most important Mexican printmakers of the 20 th century. He was a left-wing political activist and much of his work was focused on advancing the goals of the Mexican Revolution, especially those promoting the interests of
Mexico’s workers and farmers.

Object Type
Print