Mexican-American Art and Artists
Chicano and Chicana Art and Artists
This section of the Traditional Fine Arts Organization (TFAO) catalogue Topics in American Art is devoted to the topic "Hispanic-American Art including Mexican-American Art and Artists Chicano and Chicana Art and Artists." Articles and essays specific to this topic published in TFAO's Resource Library are listed at the beginning of the section. Clicking on titles takes readers directly to these articles and essays. The date at the end of each title is the Resource Library publication date.
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From Resource Library in chronological order:
As of 8/8/15 TFAO Digital Library contained 69 pages referencing "Chicano," 15 pages referencing "Chicana" 26 pages for "Hispanic American," 79 pages for "Latino," and 44 pages for "Mexican American."
From other websites:
Alejandro Diaz: Blame it on Mexico, an exhibit held February 21 to June 7, 2009 at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art. Accessed August, 2015.
Arte Latino: Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum from Smithsonian American Art Museum. Includes extended labels for 73 artworks in the exhibit. Accessed August, 2015.
Chicano Mural Movement from the Texas State Historical Association. Accessed August, 2015.
Consejo Fronterizo de Arte y Cultura. Accessed December, 2015.
Emilio Sanchez: Cityscapes, an exhibit held May 30 - August 12, 2012 at The Fralin Museum of Art, University of Virginia. Texts include exhibit labels. Accessed May, 2014
Galeria de la Raza, San Francisco. Accessed December, 2015.
Hispanic Traditional Arts of New Mexico was an exhibit held 2011-12 at the Albuquerque Museum which says: "The exhibition will include masterworks from the traditions of religious image making, weaving, colcha embroidery, and filigree jewelry and will also include examples of tinwork and straw appliqué." Accessed 10/16
La Raza Comica: A celebration of the Latino-American experience in the Comic Arts, an exhibit held May 5 - September 30, 2012 at the Cartoon Art Museum, San Francisco. Accessed December, 2015.
Latino Art Museum, Pomona. Accessed December, 2015.
Mapping Another L.A.: The Chicano Art Movement, an exhibit held October 16, 2011 - February 26, 2012 at the Fowler Museum / UCLA. Includes press release. Accessed December, 2015.
Martín Ramírez, an exhibit held October 6, 2007-January 13, 2008 at the Milwaukee Art Museum. Includes 7-minute CBS Sunday Morning segmant. Accessed February, 2015.
Mexican American Exterior Murals by Daniel D. Arreola, Geographical Review. Vol. 74, No. 4 (Oct., 1984), pp. 409-424, from Jstor. Accessed August, 2015.
MEX/L.A.: "Mexican" Modernism(s) in Los Angeles, 1930-1985, an exhibit held September 18, 2011 - February 5, 2012 at the Museum of Latin American Art. Accessed December, 2015.
Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. Accessed December, 2015.
Mi Tierra: Contemporary Artists Explore Place is a 2017 exhibit at the Denver Art Museum which says: "Mi Tierra: Contemporary Artists Explore Place features site-specific installations by 13 Latino artists that express experiences of contemporary life in the American West." Also see press release. Accessed 3/17
Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana. Accessed December, 2015.
Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, an exhibit held October 25, 2013 - March 2, 2014 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Includes online video and audio podcasts. Accessed August, 2015.
Read Between the Lines Enrique Chagoya's Codex Prints an exhibit held January 16 - May 19, 2013 at the Haggerty Museum of Art. Accessed August, 2015.
Santa Ana Condition: John Valadez, an exhibit held Jun 10, 2012 - Sep 2, 2012 at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Includes audio clips. Accessed December, 2015.
Santos General Reading List from the Smithsonian Center for Materials Research and Education. Accessed August, 2015.
Transcultural Pilgrim: Three Decades of Work by José Bedia, an exhibit held September 18, 2011 - January 8, 2012 at the Fowler Museum / UCLA. Includes press release and video of an installation by José Bedia at the museum. Accessed December, 2015.
View from the Pier contains in Compass Rose section On the Santos Trail in Puerto Rico, published in four parts April and May, 2011. Accessed August, 2015.
Arizona Public Media offers a November 29, 2007 video (03:05) on Cristina Cardenas. Originally from Guadalajara, Mexico, painter Cristina Cardenas explores the disruption of stereotypes of gender, religion and culture through her art work. Accessed May, 2015
KCET, the Los Angeles PBS affiliate, presented in its CA video archive / arts and performance section Cheech Marin's Chicano Art: Cheech Marin aims to make Chicano art part of the American mainstream. Life & Times, 2005, length: 7:54 [Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]
Koehnline Museum of Art's Oakton Art Video Archives offers videos produced in connection with exhibitions. One of the archived videos is "Agustin Portillo: America" [10:08] Accessed May, 2015
KLRN in San Antonio produced San Antonio American Family Portraits. Actor and art collector Cheech Marin speaks on aspects of Chicano Art in a 4-minute video. Accessed May, 2015
Learner.org, a service of Annenberg/CPB, provides life long learning programs on the Web. Several videos in the Teacher Resources section focus on American art in the A World of Art: Work in Progress series. A World of Art is a video instructional series on art appreciation for college and high school classrooms and adult learners. Each program in this art appreciation series is devoted to a contemporary artist who takes one or more works of art from start to finish. Each show is 30 minutes in length. Judy Baca: Judy Baca, painter and activist known for her mile-long mural in Los Angeles depicting Chicano history, works on two public art projects in Southern California. [Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]
From the Museum of International Folk Art, the online exhibition Sin Nombre: Hispana and Hispano Artists of the New Deal Era includes the curator's video introduction of the exhibition. Accessed May, 2015.
San Antonio American Family Portraits is produced by produced by television station KLRN9 in San Antonio. Actor and art collector Cheech Marin speaks on aspects of Chicano Art in a 4-minute video. Accessed May, 2015.
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TFAO extends thanks to Chet Murray for suggesting information for this topic.
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