Chicano Art | 45 Years Action/Reaction

Exhibition Open from September 5, 2017 through December 29, 2017 at The Mexican Cultural Institute of the Embassy of Mexico in Washington, D.C.

AltaMed Art Collection, courtesy of Castulo de la Rocha and Zoila D. Escobar.Organized by the AltaMed Art Collection, Los Angeles, this exhibition is presented in partnership with the Mexican Cultural Institute of the Embassy of Mexico in Washington, D.C. and is curated by Julian Bermudez.

Before the 45th | Action/Reaction in Chicano Art explores how Southern California-based Chicano artists worked tirelessly in an effort to shed light on the economic, political, and social injustices faced over the past four decades. Concentrating on various themes and ideas, the exhibition highlights the diverse approaches taken by these artists to communicate their individual and community needs. 

Comprised of 60 artworks from the AltaMed Art Collection, Before the 45th illustrates how decade after decade – from progression to recession – these themes continue to be relevant in our world today. Beginning in the 1970s, artworks from each decade demonstrate the ongoing dialogue begun by the Chicano vanguard and carried on by its successors, all of whom share a connection and resonance with their Mexican ancestry. The selection of works ends at the year 2016, as the exhibition aims to place a question mark on the types of artworks created and ideas to be conveyed in the foreseeable future.

Before the 45th presents a stellar roster of Chicano artists, including George Yepes, Carlos Almaraz, Frank Romero, Gronk, John Valadez, Patssi Valdez, Gilbert “Magu” Lujan, Chaz Bojorques, Fernando Allende, David Botello, Mel Casas, Enrique Castrejon, Rupert Garcia, Carmen Lomas Garza, Roberto Gil de Montes, Yolanda Gonzalez, Ignacio Gomez, Roberto Gutierrez, Wayne Alaniz Healy, Jose Lopes, Andres Montoya, Ramses Noriega, Man One, Viviana Paredes, Antonio Pelayo, Jose Ramirez, Miguel Angel Reyes, Vyal Reyes, Pepe Serna, Ana Serrano, Eloy Torrez, Ismael Vargas, and Sergio Vasquez.

George Yepes, Artist


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