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A World Without Borders: The Works of Judith Francisca Baca
1/25/1994 - 2/26/1994
A retrospective of works by Judy Baca including paintings, drawings, photos and video from her “Great Wall,” “World Wall,” “Olympic” and community murals.
  Galería Exhibitions A World Without Borders: The Works of Judith Francisca Baca <1994>
Figuras y Alegoría: Glass Works by Einar and Jamex de la Torre <1994>
Aim for the Limits: A Children's Photography Exhibit <1994>
Dos Caras/ Two Faces: The Works of Ruben Trejo <1994>
First Front: Vanguard of the Chicano Movement <1994>
Open Studios: Works by Juan R. Fuentes, Ester Hernandez and Nancy Hom <1994>
Día de los Muertos <1994>
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A World Without Borders: The Works of Judith Francisca Baca

Curatorial Statement

This exhibition presents a private view of a public process. The selected works of Judith F. Baca include THE GREAT WALL OF LOS ANGELES, THE GUADALUPE MURAL PORJECT and the WORLD WALL. These works span over twenty years of artistic production. By exhibiting photo documentation of major public works as well as preliminary drawing we gain insight into the collaborative and individual process of public art. Through all of these projects Judith F. Baca has created a model that includes a conceptual frame, organizing structures, imagery development, group processes, communication styles and personal commitment. Her work reflects her role as a humanist and social architect.

The evolution of Judith F. Baca’s work is a map of her own understanding of borders, conflict, creativity, challenge and imaginative change. Baca’s attempt to transform social history is part of a new world in flux; it is a beginning of peace, an understanding across borders through inter-cultural meaning. We are proud to recognize artist-citizen, Judith Francisca Baca.


The Great Wall began in 1976 and continued the inter-cultural aspect for the City Wide Mural in an even more developed model. This Great Wall of Los Angles mural reflected a history of minorities in California painted in a flood control channel. It was begun in 1976 by a racially and ethnically mixed group of ten artist and eighty teenagers under the direction of Baca. By 1983 this national project had incorporated over forty scholars, four assisting artists, over one hundred support staff and involved 450 multi-racial youth. The group processes, exercise in trust building, team structures, oral histories that marked these youth cadres have also illuminated the problem solving nature of the mural work. While the historical content of the Great Wall has marked an alternative chronicle is has also brought consciousness to the international aspect of the culturally diverse society of the U.S..

Artist Statement

“I have been called a Spanish-speaking artist, a Spanish-surname artist, a Mexican artist (in the early 60’s), a Mexican-American artist, a cultural worker (in the late 60’s), a Chicano artist, a Chicana artist (during the discovery of gender), a Latina artist (during the discovery of women in Latin America), an ‘other’ artist (as in check one), an ethnic artist, a folk artist, a Hispanic artist, a barrio artist, a primitive artist, a neighborhood artist, an urban artist, a multicultural artist…All these terms have been coined, in essence, to define my relationship to a border my grandparents came across during the revolution in Mexico.”