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‘¡Murales Rebeldes! L.A. Chicano/a Murals under Siege’: downSTAGE with Take Two

Saturday, September 23, 2017, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes 501 N Main St Los Angeles, CA 90012 Map and directions

As part of the Getty’s “Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA” “¡Murales Rebeldes! L.A. Chicana/o Murals under Siege” looks at how Chicana/o murals in the greater Los Angeles area have been contested, challenged, censored and even destroyed. The exhibition, presented by LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes in collaboration with the California Historical Society, will examine a group of murals produced in the greater Los Angeles area in the 1970s to the 2000s that were subsequently threatened or destroyed and explore how their iconography, content and artistic strategies challenged dominant cultural norms and historical narratives.

During the late twentieth century, murals became an essential form of artistic expression and public voice for the Chicano Movement. These works presented an alternative vision of community empowerment at a time when other channels of communication were limited for the Mexican-American community. This was transformative for some and deeply unsettling for others.

On Saturday, Sep. 23, KPCC’s A Martinez traveled to LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes and hosted a conversation with special guests as part of a live taping for Take Two. Prior to the program, attendees were invited to attend the opening reception hosted by LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes that began at 3 p.m.

David Botello – cofounder of the public art team East Los Streetscapers
Wayne Healy – cofounder of the public art team East Los Streetscapers
Erin Curtis – senior curator at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes and coauthor of "¡Murales Rebeldes!"
Yreina D. Cervántez – professor of Chicana/o studies, California State University, Northridge


Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA” is a collaborative effort led by the Getty to explore Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles. It involves over seventy arts organizations from around Southern California and will take place September 2017 through January 2018.

KPCC In Person’s “downSTAGE” talks take place with artists and special guests before, during or following a performance or gallery show. These conversations occur in front of a live audience and are recorded and distributed on KPCC.

This activity is supported in part by the California Arts Council. More information at