Leopoldo Méndez produced this print during a transitional period in his career: after he had participated in the avant-garde Estridentismo movement, which celebrated all things modern, but before founding the socially engaged Taller de Gráfica Popular [People’s Graphic Workshop]. Here he presents a moment in modern life. Two shop workers prepare a window display featuring a mannequin. Part dancer, part automaton, the uncanny figure suggests an uneasy response to both the rapid urbanization of Mexico City and the increasingly independent role women had in Mexican society.