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Raquel Tibol wrote this statement introducing the exhibition Artistas Mexico Americanos de San Francisco, California [Mexican American Artists from San Francisco, California] held in Mexico in 1987. It begins by suggesting the existence of commonalities and connections between all peoples of Mexican-American descent living in the United States, including those who have been in the United States for generations, as well as those recently arrived. She considers the difficult experiences of Mexican-Americans living in the U.S., suggesting that these are similar to those of many other marginalized communities that have attempted to assert a degree of cultural specificity within the broader cultural panorama of the U.S. Tibol states that such challenges resulted in the creation of new possibilities for aesthetic production, and identifies two new currents in Mexican-American artistic practice. The first made use of a fusion between a more traditional iconographic language and contemporary aesthetic concerns, while the other centered on what Tibol terms “cosmopolitan” issues. She identifies a common feature of art from both categories as being a concern for agricultural themes. It is also cited the importance of the contributions of women artists, thus stressing the development of the iconographic language centered on common experiences shared by women in Mexican-American communities. The text names those whose works were featured in the show, including Rupert García, Ray Patlán, and Yolanda López.
Though born in Argentina, art historian and critic Raquel Tibol is one of the most influential writers on Mexican art. She took an early and strong interest in Chicano art, writing reviews for Proceso and La Jornada in Mexico City as their art critic. This essay was written as an introduction to the group exhibition Artistas Mexico Americanos de San Francisco, California, which featured 90 artworks by 29 artists and was presented in Mexico City under the auspices of the Loteria Nacional in 1987. While acknowledging the ancient connections with Mexico, Tibol differentiates those aspects of Chicano art that make it unique, such as the iconographic contributions of Chicana artists.
Tibol also wrote a review of the exhibition for Proceso (see doc. No. 1081685).