“Nothing less than a history of the Chicano art movement in Los Angeles. A spectacularly overdue show.”
Modern Art Notes, September 9, 2011
Beginning with the establishment of the first Chicano art gallery in 1969 in East Los Angeles, Chicano artists launched a collective reimagining of the urban landscape through photography, graphic arts, murals, and large-scale architectural plans, as well as through painting, sculpture, installation, and drawing. This exhibition immerses visitors in this era by mapping the diverse social networks among Chicano artist groups and art spaces in Los Angeles during the 1970s, including Asco, Centro de Arte Público, Los Dos Streetscapers, Goez Art Studios and Gallery (Goez), Los Four, Mechicano Art Center, Plaza de la Raza, Self Help Graphics and Art, and the Social Public Art Resource Center (SPARC).
Artists used their work to map another L.A.—as part of a social protest and community empowerment movement. The exhibition presents little-seen work and archival documentation that reveal a complex history of how artists both navigated and imagined the social spaces of Los Angeles.
Carlos Almaraz, Michael Amescua, Robert Arenivar, Judith F. Baca, Guillermo Bejarano, David Botello, John Bright, Armando Cabrera, Barbara Carrasco, Gustavo Casillas, Leonard Castellanos, Oscar Castillo, Isabel Castro, José Cervantes, Yreina Cervantez, Manuel Cruz, Roberto “Beto” de la Rocha, Richard Duardo, Elsa Flores,Gus Frias, Danny Gaytan, Harry Gamboa, Jr., Luis Garza, Ignacio Gomez, Don Juan/Johnny D. Gonzalez, José Luis (Joe) Gonzalez, Lucila Villaseñor Grijalva, Gronk, Richard Haro, Wayne Healy, Judithe Hernández, Sergio Hernandez, Willie F. Herrón III, Heather Hewitt, Richard Jimenez, Leo Limón, David Lopez, Gilbert “Magu” Sánchez Luján, Joel Suro Olivares, David Ramirez, Humberto Rivera, Joe D. Rodriguez, Frank Romero, Richard Rueda, Humbero Sandoval, David Alfaro Siqueiros, James Tartan, John Valadez, Patssi Valdez, Linda Vallejo, Agnès Varda, Carlos Venegas, Manuel Venegas
New Commissions or Projects:
Kathy Gallegos, Reyes Rodriguez, Arturo Romo-Santillano, Ana Serrano
Culture Fix Luis C. Garza On David Alfaro Siqueiros (2012)
Culture Fix: John Valadez on the Chicano Art Movement outside East L.A. (2012)
Culture Fix: David Botello (2012)
This exhibition is curated by Chon A. Noriega, Terezita Romo, and Pilar Tompkins Rivas.
Mapping Another L.A. is part of L.A. Xicano, is a unique collaboration between the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center and three major Los Angeles museums—the Autry National Center, the Fowler Museum at UCLA, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art—resulting in four interrelated exhibitions that explore the diverse artistic contributions of Mexican-descent artists since 1945. Together these exhibitions, featuring artists born from 1881 to 1983, present hundreds of rarely seen paintings, sculptures, drawings, posters, murals, and photographs, and provide the basis for a visual dialogue about Los Angeles and contemporary art through the twentieth century and into the twenty-first.
L.A. XICANO is part of Pacific Standard Time: Art in LA 1945-1980, an unprecedented collaboration of more than sixty cultural institutions across Southern California, which are coming together to tell the story of the birth of the LA art scene. Initiated through grants from the Getty Foundation, Pacific Standard Time will take place for six months beginning October 2011.
Support for this exhibition comes from the Getty Foundation, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and the California Community Foundation. Conservation of The Birth of Our Art was made possible through generous support from the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, and Elyse S. and Stanley J. Grinstein. Additional conservation support was provided by the Walt Disney Company, Armando Durón, Kathleen McHugh, Ricardo Muñoz, Terezita Romo, David Valdés, and Tamar Diana Wilson.
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