Chicano Movement Research Paper

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The importance of art around the world is easily noticeable. Each culture and community that one encounters undeniably has its own style of art and creative perspective. Art comes in many shapes and sizes. Whether it is in the form of murals or canvas, pastels or sketches, carvings or sculptures, art has a way of expressing emotion and thought throughout vast majorities, leaving them with a wave of sensations that weren’t initially there. For many, art is more than just paint on a canvas – it is a representation of life, a symbol of hope, a way to raise awareness, a way to remember where you come from, and a way to figure out where you want to go. Harvey Fierstein accurately depicted what art was by saying, “Art has the power…show more content…
Farmers’ rights, education, equality, voting and political rights, restoration of lands, and cultural awareness are just a handful of the reasons behind the Chicano Movement. During the Chicano Movement, multiple methods of activism were being used to bring attention to society. Protests, walkouts, speeches, marches, picketing, and rallies were just some of the approaches that were put into use by the Chicano people in order to bring their movement to the eyes of the people. Among the already mentioned methods of protests that were being used, there was one that had a huge impact not only on the target audience, but of the Chicano peoples themselves. Chicano art has erupted out of many things such as political issues, economic and social struggles, and institutional racism. The mural movement for Chicano art was particularly heavily inspired by the post-revolutionary Mexican art that occurred throughout the 1920’s and the 1930’s regarding the creative use of historical struggles and indigenous subjects. Many Chicano artists draw their inspiration and themes from historic revelries, cultural traditions, political disturbances, and the struggle over various issues that communities are forced…show more content…
In this paper, the main focus will be held on the Chicano artist collective group, Los Four. Los Four, a Chicano artist collective during the 1970s and early 1980s in Los Angeles, California, was a group that was influential in bringing Chicano Art to the frontline of the popular world of art. Originally, the Chicano artist collective, Los Four, consisted of Frank Romero, Roberto de la Rocha Carlos Almaraz, , and founder Gilbert Luján. Judithe Hernández became the official fifth member of Los Four immediately following the group's history-making exposition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. All of Los Four's members were college-educated political activists who, with other artists locally and from afar, formed the intellectual vanguard of the Chicano art movement in the 1970s. Currently, four members of Los Four, Frank Romero, Judithe Hernandez, Carlos Almaraz, and Gilbert Lujan all have work in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and their verbal historical accounts

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