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Mission Community Mural Exhibit

Thursday, June 20, 1974 - Saturday, August 31, 1974

An exhibition featuring original sketches, photos and mural map of Mission District murals.

The Mission District Mural Movement Historically, painted murals have had a longstanding presence in the Mexican community, and are best represented by the indigenous heritage of Aztec and Mayan wall paintings and the Mexican government-sponsored monumental public artworks commissioned to José Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera, and David Alfaro Siquieros. In 1972, Galería hosted a traveling exhibition on loan form MoMA, with original drawings, etchings and lithographs by Mexican muralists, Orozco, Rivera and Siqueiros. This was the first time that many local Chicano/Latino artists viewed original works by these masters. In the early 1970s, with the backdrop of the Chicano civil rights movement, a new generation of Mission District muralists rediscovered the works of the three grand Mexican Muralists, and began to revive and bring new meaning to the tradition of large-scale public art with painted murals that addressed community, social and political issues with images that affirmed the cultural heritage of the Chicano/Latino community. Mission muralists engaged in collaborative group mural projects such as the women's collectives, such as Mujeres Muralistas founded by Patricia Rodriguez. These collaborations were the origin of the community mural movement, which, throughout the years, has created a unique artistic environment in the Mission District.


Photo: Armando Cid
Galería de la Raza: an Interdisciplinary Chicano/Latino Space for Art, Thought and Activism
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