Chicano Art: An Exhibit of Graphic Works

Chicano Art: An Exhibit of Graphic Works
McHenry Library
University of California, Santa Cruz
Spring 1997

Chicano art grew out of a period of tremendous political turmoil and the blossoming of social consciousness among young and old in the Chicano community. The Chicano Movement during the late 1960s drew together a body of work that protested the political and social inequalities of the Mexican American communities in the United States but primarily in the Southwest. During this period, Chicano culture became assertively visible, establishing a place in various artistic forms--for example, music, theater, writing, and art. More than 30 years later, Chicana and Chicano artists continue to draw upon the political and social issues that affect the Chicano communities and their realities to inspire their cultural production. While Chicano scholars differ in their opinion about the state of the Chicano Movement; most would agree that the passion of its activists perseveres in the art of contemporary and now "classical" Chicana/o artists. Featured in this exhibit are many examples of posters designed and printed by individuals and artist collectives showing the political and social struggle of Chicano community. Included are examples of work by Yolanda Lopez, visiting lecturer Spring Quarter in Art Studio. A selection of related books and art exhibition catalogues complements the graphic material.

Chicano Artists Bibliography