AirTalk's Chicano ArtTalk and Pacific Standard Time Exhibit
This October, as part of the ambitious celebration of SoCal art that is "Pacific Standard Time," KPCC and AirTalk with Larry Mantle looked toward our inner curator. We were excited to present a one-night Chicano art exhibit with the artists themselves and their works in the Crawford Family Forum. Trailblazers of the Chicano art movement, Patssi Valdez and the artist known as Gronk, discussed the roots of this vibrant and distinct school. The next generation was represented by Sonia Romero and Enrique Castrejon. The early days of the modern American art movement were once described as "racist, aloof, pretentious and elitist" by Armando Vazquez. In his essay, "Reflection on the Chicano Art Movimiento," Vasquez said it wouldn't be until the 1950s and 60s that Chicanos, Jews, Blacks, Native Americans and women would penetrate the monolith known as 'American art and culture.' Los Angeles was a focal point of that fundamental shift. The birth of Chicano art coincided with the birth of LA as a center for contemporary art and artistic innovation distinct to Southern California. To listen to this event, please visit the AirTalk Webpage. Photo Credit: 11157 - Frank Romero, The Arrest of the Paleteros, 2005, full-color print. AltaMed Art Collection.