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  • ICAA Record ID
    796109
    TITLE
    El arte del Chicano : "the spirit of the experience" / by Gilberto Sanchez Luján
    IN
    CON/SAFOS (Los Angeles, CA). --  No. 7 (1971)
    DESCRIPTION
    p. 11
    LANGUAGES
    English
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Journal article – Essays
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Sanchez Lujan, Gilbert . "El arte del Chicano : "the spirit of the experience." CON/SAFOS (Los Angeles, CA) 7 (1971): 11
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Synopsis

In this brief essay, Gilberto Sánchez Luján addresses the conditions that have led to a difficult understanding of Chicano art on the part of the general public. The author identifies two primary issues that have impeded the development of Chicano art. First, he argues that Chicano identity has been eroded by the influence of United States institutions, such as schools. Second, he acknowledges a lack of cultural pride of many Chicanos that has led to certain artists’ reluctance to make personal or universal statements that reflect their heritage and experiences. Sánchez Luján argues for the universality of Chicano art and challenges the public, including Chicanos and others, to reevaluate the traditionally narrow view of its economic worth and artistic relevance.

Annotations

Gilberto Sánchez Luján (b. 1940) was one of the founding members of the seminal Chicano art collective known as Los Four. Based in Los Angeles, other group members were Carlos Almaraz, Frank Romero and Beto de la Rocha. A key element in the collective, Sánchez Luján’s essay encapsulates many of his ideas that came to characterize Los Four; the universality of Chicano art, the intrinsic value of incorporating aspects of barrio (neighborhood) life within Chicano art, and the need for an expanded definition of Chicano art, among others. Sánchez Luján was also a board member of Con Safos magazine, a Chicano literary, cultural, and activist publication, contributing essays—such as this one—and artwork.

Researcher
Tere Romo.
Team
Chicano Studies Research Center, UCLA, Los Angeles, USA
Credit
Courtesy of "MAGU", Chicano Artist, La Puente, CA