Danny Lyon El Paso’s Second Ward Neighborhood Which Is Losing Its Ethnic Flavor in the Wake of Urban Renewal, 06 1972
Graffiti writer / 1978 / Photo by and courtesy of John Valadez
Judithe Hernandez at Ramona Gardens / Courtesy of Joe Rodriquez
Almaraz Mural at Romona Gardens / Courtesy of Joe Rodriquez
RCAF pilot’s scroll map [detail]. Smithsonian Air & Space Museum.
In California, there is a group of pilot-artists, largely unknown yet renowned for their fleet of adobe airplanes and their key role in the Chicano civil rights movement. As Cesar Chavez’s bodyguards and poster makers for the United Farm Workers Union, they created a vast repertoire of silkscreen posters, murals, poetry, performances, and public ceremonies that served to counteract the shame that once surrounded all things indigenous. Their air force stance and self-mythologizing has enshrined them in California lore.
Instant Mural, ASCO 1978
Antonio Bernal, untitled, 1968 at the Teatro Campesino headquarters, Del Rey, CA