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  • ICAA Record ID
    842806
    TITLE
    From populist to pop : the graphic arts of the Chicano and Puerto Rican movements / Henry C. Estrada
    IN

    Pressing the point : parallel expressions in the graphic arts of the Chicano and Puerto Rican movements. --New York, NY : Museo del Barrio, 1999

    DESCRIPTION
    ill.
    LANGUAGES
    English
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Book/pamphlet article – Essays
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Estrada, Henry C. “From Populist to Pop: the Graphic Arts for the Chicano and Puerto Rican movements”. In Pressing the point: parallel expressions in the graphic arts of the Chicano and Puerto Rican movements. New York, NY: Museo del Barrio, 1999 .
    GEOGRAPHIC DESCRIPTORS
Synopsis

In this essay, curator and scholar Henry C. Estrada argues that despite the fact that Latinos are a heterogeneous cultural group, they share a history of colonialism, geographic displacement, internal exile, and racial discrimination. The experience of being an exile in one’s own homeland is especially poignant for Mexican Americans and Puerto Ricans, especially in light of the United States forcible annexation of its southwestern territory currently bordering Mexico, as well as its political and economic monopoly of Puerto Rico at the end of the nineteenth century. Out of the heated debates of these separatist ideologies, two cultural reclamation movements emerged; through acts of self-naming, Mexican-Americans adopted the term “Chicano,” and Puerto Ricans called themselves “Boricua.” Artists played a pivotal role in such an articulation of cultural identity by constructing public images of mobilization and political empowerment. Prints and posters were the ideal media to communicate within the civic arena.

Annotations

Pressing the Point was a survey of prints and posters by artists active in the artistic and social struggles of the 1960s and 1970s. It explores the parallels between Chicano and Puerto Rican printmakers as artists that emerged as some of the most vocal and militant voices of the period from the East and West Coasts of the nation. This also led to an affinity with the general liberation movements of Latin America.

Researcher
Libertad Guerra
Credit
Courtesy of Henry C. Estrada, San Antonio, TX.
Courtesy of El Museo del Barrio [From Henry Estrada, "Del Populismo al Pop: Las Artes Graficas de los Movimientos Chicano y Puertoriqueño" by El Museo del Barrio]