Antonio de Jesus Lopez | Notes on Looking

Notas de lo que veo

I feel honored to say that I was born on Whittier Blvd in 1974… the same year that Asco performed First Supper (After a Major Riot) on that same famous boulevard.  And here we are years later, in a city even more populated with Latinos celebrating Asco’s many performances as well as other Latino artists who have played a pivotal role in the LA art scene.  It’s amazing how PST has reminded everyone that Latinos have always been creating art.  But hasn’t Cheech Marin been saying this for a long time?   He definitely saw it many years ago and embraced it!  In 1972, Asco illegally tagged the outer walls of LACMA since Chicanos had not been included in an exhibition there.   Now they have legally tagged the inside.  This is the first retrospective that presents the wide-ranging work of this Chicano group, Harry Gamboa Jr., Gronk, Willie Herron, and Patssi Valdez, all from East Los. There is another comprehensive show called Mex/LA “Mexican” Modernism(s) in Los Angeles, 1930-1985 at the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) in Long Beach.  This show is also a reminder that Mexicans and Chicanos had been making incredible work that not only shaped LA but also impacted other art scenes nationally.  Included in the show are two play lists selected and annotated by Ruben Funkahuatl Guevara, courtesy of the Moses Mora and Josh Kun collections.  (I want to also mention that this museum throws great openings!  If you love Latin music, either traditional or modern, high quality Latin food, and tequila… then you’ve got to come to the next one!) And if that’s not...