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The KUT Longhorn Radio Network Presents: Mexican American Experience Collection

Audio recordings including interviews, music, and informational programs related to the Mexican American community and their concerns in the series "The Mexican American Experience" and "A esta hora conversamos" from the Longhorn Radio Network, 1976-1982.

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Chicano Art: History And Politics
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Linda Fregoso
Amado Peña, Pedro Rodríguez
Oct 19, 1981

Chicano art: History and Politics

Pedro Rodriguez, a professor of art history, and Amado Peña, an artist, discuss the development of Chicano art: its influences and its characteristics. Chicano art developed parallel to the Chicano Movement and both emerged in the 1960s. Rodriguez explains that Chicano art has been heavily influenced by the Mexican muralists and other Latin American artists and seeks to portray the realities of the Mexican people. He has detected three tendencies within Chicano art: Cultural-nationalist, assimiliationist and revolutionary, and he describes each. He also looks at how the Mexican muralists and graffiti artists influenced Chicano art. Rodriguez then discusses the efforts of ethnic artists to bridge the gap artists and their communities. Chicano artists have sought to do so through murals, showings in non-traditional venues, and mass production.

Host Linda Fregoso then interviews Peña, one of the most successful Chicano artists. He first talks about how he became an artist and how his work has changed over time. He explains that the context of his life influences his thematic choices as he moved from overt political art to cultural documentation. Pena then discusses his recent emphasis on indigenous themes, and his recent career successes at the Smithsonian Institution and in galleries across Europe.. He explains that he believes his background influences his identity as a Chicano artist, as it does other Chicano artists from throughout the United States.


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