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This document contains excerpts from a grant proposal submitted by Eduardo Carrillo to the National Endowment for the Humanities seeking traveling support for an exhibition of California Chicano art entitled Califas, Chicano Art and Culture in California. The document introduces the project and details its objective to create a traveling show which will expose a wider audience to Chicano art and explore the relationship of this art to Chicano culture. Carrillo addresses the curatorial scope of the show, which aimed to consider the multifaceted nature of the work of California’s Chicano artists. The sociocultural conditions surrounding the development of Chicano art forms are discussed, as is the influence on Chicano visual culture of such artists as René Yañez (San Francisco), Salvador Roberto Torres (San Diego), and collectives such as the Royal Chicano Air Force (Sacramento) and ASCO (Los Angeles). The document covers the history of the project, identifies featured artists, discusses the curatorial methods and aims, and addresses numerous other logistical and thematic concerns of the exhibition.
Written as a grant application for a U.S. federal funding agency (the National Endowment for the Humanities) by artist, curator, and educator Eduardo Carrillo (1937–1997), this document provides a valuable overview of the important Chicano artists and an articulation of the state of Chicano art in California at the beginning of the 1980s. It also includes a detailed description of the development and organization of the Califas exhibition at the University of California, Santa Cruz, which was the first major exhibition of California Chicano artists. The request for organizing a national meeting was approved and a conference was held in spring of 1982 that brought together Chicano artists and curators. Though the funding requests for a traveling exhibition and catalogue were never realized, the Califas Conference yielded significant papers, video, and audio recordings that continue to be an important inimitable repository for research on Chicano art in California.