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  • ICAA Record ID
    1127194
    TITLE
    Origins of the Hispanic American Aesthetic in the Southwest and the Great Lakes Region / Jacinto Quirarte
    IN
    Hispanic american aesthetic : origins, manifestations and significance. -- San Antonio TX :  Research Center for the Arts and Humanities, University of Texas at San Antonio, 1983
    DESCRIPTION
    p. 3 - 8
    LANGUAGES
    English
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Book/pamphlet article – Essays
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Quirarte, Jacinto. “Origins of the Hispanic American Aesthetic in the Southwest and the Great Lakes Region.” In Hispanic American Aesthetic: Origins, Manifestations and Significance, 3–8. San Antonio TX : Research Center for the Arts and Humanities, University of Texas at San Antonio, 1983.
    TOPIC DESCRIPTORS
Synopsis

This document by Jacinto Quirarte begins by proposing possible definitions for the terms “Hispanic” and “aesthetic” and their potential implications for a study of Chicano art. Quirarte states that the focus of his essay is an exploration of the common goals and approaches among Chicano artists, for the purpose of defining a cohesive Chicano aesthetic and its origins. He suggests that much of Chicano art underscores an interest in the instrumentality and didactic potential of artworks, citing murals, poetry, and theatre as primary examples of this. The essay posits Chicano culture as a product of the European conquest of Mexico, noting the central importance of a native heritage in the formation of many Chicanos’ cultural identities. Quirarte notes in particular the ways in which contemporary views on art within the Chicano community reflect and parallel those held by pre-Colombian peoples, particularly the Aztecs. Following this, he outlines the ways in which this cultural heritage has been manifested in various realms of Chicano artistic production, including the visual and the performing arts, as well as in literature.

Annotations

Jacinto Quirarte is one of the foremost Chicano art historians and one of the earliest to write about Chicano art history, including the groundbreaking book Mexican American Artists, published in 1973. The first of its kind, Mexican American Artists prompted a traveling exhibition featuring artworks by the artists featured in the book and its extensive media coverage helped form a national network of Chicano artists. This essay was included in a publication he edited for the Research Center for the Arts and Humanities at the University of Texas in San Antonio, which he directed. The publication, much like Quirarte’s essay, sought to provide a definition for a “Hispanic American” aesthetic. Noteworthy are his incorporation of other cultural manifestations (i.e., literature, theatre, and poetry) and the inclusion of a short, yet very helpful, glossary of terms used in the essay.

Researcher
Teresa Romo, UCLA
Team
Chicano Studies Research Center, UCLA, Los Angeles, USA
Credit
Courtesy of Jacinto Quirarte, Helotes, TX