L.A. Chicana/Chicano Murals under Siege


¡Murales Rebeldes!—L.A. Chicana/Chicano Murals under Siege
¡Murales Rebeldes!—L.A. Chicana/Chicano
Murals under Siege

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Designed by Amy Inouye, Future Studio, Los Angeles
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¡Murales Rebeldes!—L.A. Chicana/o Murals under Siege

April 7, 2018 - September 16, 2018

California Historical Society, 678 Mission Street, San Francisco

The California Historical Society in San Francisco, in partnership with LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes in Los Angeles, presents ¡Murales Rebeldes!, an exhibition and companion publication exploring the ways in which Chicana/o murals in the greater Los Angeles area have been whitewashed, censored, neglected, and even destroyed.

Murals became an essential form of artist response and public voice during the Chicano protests of the 1960s and 1970s. They were a means of expressing both pride and frustration, and challenging the status quo, at a time when other channels of communication were limited for the Mexican American community.

Through photography, sketches, related art works, and ephemera, ¡Murales Rebeldes! tells the stories of murals—by artists Barbara Carrasco, Sergio O'Cadiz Moctezuma, Yreina Cervántez and Alma López, Roberto Chavez, Willie Herrón III, East Los Streetscapers mural collective, and Ernesto de la Loza—whose messages were almost lost forever . . . until this exhibition and publication.

¡Murales Rebeldes! examines the iconography, content, and artistic strategies of eight Chicana/o murals that made others uncomfortable to the point of provoking a contrary response, delving into the murals' creation and disturbing history of obstruction.

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Murales Rebeldes was organized by the California Historical Society and La Plaza de Cultura Y Artes and made possible through lead grants from the Getty Foundation. Major funding is provided by the Annenberg Foundation and the Ratkovitch Company.

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The Ratkovich Company

Donors: Mr. & Mrs. Sandy Alderson, Ted Balestreri, California America Water, Robert Chattel, John & Ann Coil, Lloyd & Caroline De Llamas, Ellen & Melvin Sweet, Andrea Van de Kamp, Robert Will, Marilyn & Richard Wulliger, Richard Zaldivar

Institutional Support provided by:

Grants for the Arts

Chairman's Circle: David & Susan Weeks Coulter, Alan & Laurie Dachs, Steve Denning, Linda Elliott, Diane Feinstein & Richard Blum, Doris Fisher, Gordon & Ann Getty, Thomas Gilligan & Christie Skinner, John & Marcia Goldman, Mimi Haas, Stephen & Barbara Hearst, William & Margaret Hearst, Evan Hirsch, Maribelle & Stephen Leavitt, Stephen & Michele LeSieur, Stephen & Christy McAvoy, William & Susan Oberndorf, George & Linnea Roberts, Arthur & Toni Rembe Rock, Michael & Mary Sangiacomo, Charles & Helen Schwab, Steve Silberstein, Gerson Smoger, Thomas & Barbara Stephenson, Tom Steyer & Kathryn Ann Taylor, Thaddeus & Dianne Taube, Laney & Pasha Thornton, Ralph Walter, Margaret Whitman & Griffith R. Harsh IV, Peter Wiley, Diane B. Wilsey.

In-Kind support provided by Sherwin Williams and Fort Point Beer Company.

The exhibition originated as part of the Getty initiative Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles. The presenting sponsor was Bank of America.


Art of the West Exhibition

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Free to California Historical Society Members

Visit the California Historical Society Gallery at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles. The CHS Gallery is part of the permanent exhibition Art of the West , which showcases the dynamic and evolving world of art that springs from the cultural practices of some of the many peoples who have shaped the American West. The CHS Gallery features selections from CHS's fine arts and costumes collections that are permanently housed at the Autry. This collaboration has assured the exhibition and conservation of significant works of art from the CHS Collection by some of America's best known nineteenth and early twentieth-century artists (including Albert Bierstadt, James Walker, and Maynard Dixon) as well as turn-of-the-nineteenth-century costumes. The Art of the West exhibition is the first of its kind to explore how shared values and interests have inspired artists from different cultures and times to create distinctive, powerful works that speak to their experience of the West as both a destination and a home.

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