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  • ICAA Record ID
    1081523
    AUTHOR
    Rodriguez, Luis J.
    TITLE
    Yet another response on the State of Chicano Art (or...is being mexican really as good as Rainbo bread? / Luis J. Rodríguez
    IN
    Metamorfosis : The Journal of Northwest Chicano Art and Culture (Seattle, Washington USA). -- Vol. IV, no. 2 and Vol V, no. 1 (1982/1983)
    LANGUAGES
    English
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Journal article – Essays
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Rodríguez, Luis J. “Yet Another Response on The State of Chicano Art (or...Is Being Mexican Really as Good as Rainbo Bread?”.  Metamorfosis : The Journal of Northwest Chicano Art and Culture (Seattle, Washington USA), vol. IV, no. 2 and Vol. V, no. 1 (1982/1983).
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Synopsis

In this essay, Luis Rodríguez argues for a continued redefinition of Chicano art based on a dialogue previously initiated in articles by Malaquías Montoya and Lezlie Salkowitz-Montoya and Shifra Goldman. Rodríguez remarks on the historical moment from which the Chicano art movement originally emerged in the 1960s and considers the ways in which Chicano artistic production has been molded by and adapted to changing cultural and sociopolitical conditions through the 1970s up to the time of the article’s publication in 1983. He suggests that accessibility and an engagement with the Chicano community must remain a primary concern of all artistic practice. He also believes that modes of production must be flexible and continually evolving in order to exert a critical political influence and to avoid co-optation by the mainstream.

Annotations

Luis Rodriguez is a writer and was the publisher of Chismearte magazine and director of the Los Angeles Latino Writers Association at the time this essay was written. He did it in response to “A Critical Perspective on the State of Chicano Art,” an essay by Lezlie Salkowitz-Montoya and Malaquías Montoya, and a rebuttal by Shifra M. Goldman (see doc. No. 845548 and doc. No. 845294, respectively). All the essays appeared in Metamorfosis, a journal published by the Centro de Estudios Chicano at the University of Washington in Seattle. Rodriguez’s essay takes the middle road of acknowledging the challenges of staying true to the ideology of the Chicano Movement, yet arguing for an artist’s right to make a living from their art.

Researcher
Romo
Team
Chicano Studies Research Center, UCLA, Los Angeles, USA