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Tuesday, May 06, 2008

New Chican@ Art

Slideshow of "Phantom Sightings: Art After the Chicano Movement" showcases the work of 31 artists who mostly came of age in the 1990s, following a generation that identified as Chicano.

Some interesting stuff here. I wish I were in LA. I would love to check out the show. Note Juan Capistran's quote. He's beyond labels. Sigh.

1 comment:

javier said...

Some great stuff. Of course, I really liked the "undocumented interventions" one.

As for Capistran's quote, Maceo Montoya has an amazing essay--"letter to the artist from his son"--in the homage to Andres Montoya (Maceo's older brother) issue of In the Grove in which he engages another L.A. Times story on the new(non) Chicano artist and questions this idea of being beyond labels.

Maceo: "“How has it come to this? Did we learn nothing from the Chicano movement? [. . . ] How have we been made to feel as if our identity, our Chicanismo—who we are, where we came from, our history—is a burden? How have we forgotten that we are not made to feel different: we are different. Who made us ashamed of our differences? Who convinced us that the creative expression of these differences subordinated the quality of our work?”