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A groundbreaking look at how Chicano graphic artists and their collaborators have used their work to imagine and sustain identities and political viewpoints during the past half centuryThe 1960s witnessed the rise of the Chicano civil rights movement, or El Movimiento, and marked a new way of being a person of Mexican descent in the United States. To call oneself Chicano--a formerly derogatory term--became a political and cultural statement, and Chicano graphic artists asserted this identity through their printmaking and activism. Printing the Revolution explores the remarkable legacy of Chicano graphic arts relative to major social movements, the way these artists and their cross-cultural collaborators advanced printmaking methods, and the medium's unique role in shaping critical debates about U.S. identity and history. From satire and portraiture to politicized pop, this volume examines how artists created visually captivating graphics that catalyzed audiences. Posters and prints announced labor strikes and cultural events, highlighted the plight of political prisoners, schooled viewers in Third World liberation movements, and, most significantly, challenged the invisibility of Mexican Americans in U.S. society. While screen printing was the dominant mode of printmaking during the civil rights era, this book considers how artists have embraced a wide range of techniques and strategies, from installation art to shareable digital graphics. This book shows how artists have used and continue to use graphic arts as a means to engage the public, address social justice concerns, and wrestle with shifting notions of the term Chicano. Lavishly illustrated and featuring three double gatefolds, Printing the Revolution presents a vibrant look at the past, present, and future of an essential aspect of Chicano art. Exhibition Schedule
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
May 14-August 8, 2021 Published in association with the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
About the Author
E. Carmen Ramos is the Smithsonian American Art Museum's acting chief curator and curator of Latinx art. Her books include Tamayo: The New York Years and Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art. Tatiana Reinoza is assistant professor of art history at the University of Notre Dame. Terezita Romo is an art historian, curator, and writer. She is the author of Malaquias Montoya. Claudia E. Zapata is the Latinx art curatorial assistant at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.