Guided Tour: “¡Printing the Revolution! The Rise and Impact of Chicano Graphics, 1965 to Now”
Curator E. Carmen Ramos and Curatorial Assistant Claudia Zapata take you on a guided video tour of highlights in the “¡Printing the Revolution!” In the 1960s, activist Chicano artists forged a remarkable history of printmaking that remains vital today. The exhibition “¡Printing the Revolution! The Rise and Impact of Chicano Graphics, 1965 to Now” presents, for the first time, historical civil rights-era prints by Chicano artists alongside works by graphic artists working from the 1980s to today. Many artists came of age during the civil rights, labor, anti-war, feminist and LGBTQ+ movements and channeled the period’s social activism into assertive aesthetic statements that announced a new political and cultural consciousness among people of Mexican descent in the United States. “¡Printing the Revolution!” explores the rise of Chicano graphics within these early social movements and the ways in which Chicanx artists since then have advanced innovative printmaking practices attuned to social justice.
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