'¡Murales Rebeldes!' Showcases 'L.A. Chicana/o Murals Under Siege' this September

by Flaunt Intern

Art by Sergio O’Cadiz Moctezuma. Destroyed in 2001.

Art by Sergio O’Cadiz Moctezuma. Destroyed in 2001.

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes and the California Historical Society are teaming up to present Los Angeles Chicana/o murals that have been censored, whitewashed, neglected, and destroyed, to the public. These murals were mainly created and produced during the 1970’s through the 1990’s when the Chicano/a Movement, also known as El Movimento, was in full effect.

Similar to the Civil Rights Movement, the Movement was a cultural and political movement that demanded equality and inclusion, and promoted Mexican American empowerment. Art, or murals in particular, served as a vital tool for the Chicano community to demonstrate resistance and express their struggle.

Many of those who did not believe in the Movement, vandalized and destroyed these precious murals, including works by Barbara Carrasco, Yreina D. Cervantez, Roberto Chavez, Ernesto de la Loza, Wayne Alaniz Healy, David Botello, Willie Herron III, Alma Lopez, Sergio O'Cadiz Moctezuma and George Yepes.

The exhibit will be free for the public to attend starting on September 23, 2017 to Feburary 27, 2018 at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes in Los Angeles. Along with the exhibit, there is also a book you can purchase here.

Written by Kelly An