“wow!” I thought as I stood amazed trying to analyze the significance through each piece of art. Art has always been a form of expression. Although art has been seen as a way of freedom of speech; it did not begin to show up until the 1960’s when their art made by minorities started to be appreciated. MOLAA museum shows an important aspect of U.S. history. These exhibits exclusively made by chicano artists from Southern California, show freedom of speech and social problems such as immigration that the artists believe are present in the United States. These art pieces are aided by its use of objects, how it curates those objects, and use of space to create a relationship between viewer create many historical arguments about the significance …show more content…
The two main art exhibits that was centered extensively on immigration are called “Border Park of Earthly Delights” and “Rites of Passage”, both created by Einar and Jamex De La Torre. Both art pieces were about immigration although they both portrayed slightly different meanings. The first art piece named “Rites of Passage” seems to describes about the struggles in migration and how Hispanic born Americans and immigrants have a dilemma on how they identify themselves. This view is reinforced by the picture in which an adolescent is walking by the border undecided on where he should go although it seems he decides he ends up going to the Unites side where many of them have a better life since many of the people on the left are wearing suits. The picture shows suited people crossing the border legally while there is also a big mob of unidentified people dressed in white who crossed the border illegally to the United States and once they did manage, they suddenly turned into some sort of skinned meat sort of how they do to animals before they become packaged meat in order to be sold. The second art piece “Border Park of Earthly Delights” is also about immigration although with a focus on how each side of the border looks like. One side of the border is seen as heaven while the other is portrayed as hell. Although it does not say which part is which, it is assumed that the heaven like …show more content…
All the exhibits in the gallery created this relation but the uniqueness of “Rites of Passage” and “Border Park of Earthly Delights” was that these pieces could be noticed and analyzed at a distance. The moment one entered the room, one can notice from far away that those two exhibits are different than all the other exhibits in the room because of the materials the piece uses. Once one would get closer to it, you would be able to see even more unique aspects of the art such as the artists incorporating biblical figures and drawings into the masterpiece. The closer we got, the more one feels into the drawing as if we are included inside the art piece. It feels like we are feeling the surrounding environment in the exhibit and this is most likely due to its three dimensional aspects it contains. The closer I got, it felt as if we were in the drawings in that culture or era. It felt as if we were in between the culture of Mexico and the United States while as feeling immersed into the Era of Jesus due to many biblical figures crossing the border in “The Rites of Passage” and also “Border Park of Earthly Delights” having plenty of Biblical drawings glued on the border of Tijuana(Mexico) and San Diego (United States). If the artist 's intentions were to make us feel as if we were in the drawing feeling every detail of the drawing, it surely accomplished their
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It’s been almost 49 years since the start of artist’s migrating to Barrio Logan began, expressing their pride and joy for their race hoping to unite their community. Although I don’t think that they really thought that their passion for art would go so far beyond what they had expected. See I am a Mexican coffee shop owner and I have here been for the past 20 years. My business is good, although sometimes I wish it could be better.
The Red Umbrella, by Christina Diaz Gonzalez and Immigration photo by Jose Hernandez-claire both show the subject of family separation. In both of these text the author and artist use similar and different techniques to show that Immigration can bring stress and sadness to families. In both The Red Umbrella and the Immigration photo they share some similar techniques. They share the similar technique of figurative language.
Sculptures are a form of artwork that portray a certain message towards an audience at hand. The University of Texas at Austin holds the following two sculptures which remind us of the power of artistry: Martin Luther King, Jr (1999) and Blue Woman in Black Chair (1981). The former monument, by Ana Koh-Varilla and Jeffrey Varilla, stands in the East Mall and the latter, by George Segal, sits on the 2nd floor of the Blanton Museum. Both sculptures represent a distinct human figure yet, differ in their components in relation to their size/scale, subject matter and figure/drapery. Regarding size/ scale the Varillas create a larger than life sized bronze, figure placed on a sturdy pedestal, demonstrating the concept of authority and influence.
“Aztlan, Cibola and Frontier New Spain” is a chapter in Between the Conquests written by John R. Chavez. In this chapter Chavez states how Chicano and other indigenous American ancestors had migrated and how the migration help form an important part of the Chicanos image of themselves as a natives of the south. “The Racial Politics behind the Settlement of New Mexico” is the second chapter by Martha Menchaca.
In the Chicano movement art was used through murals and poems to combat racism. The poem “I am Joaquin” was used to “exemplify the Chicano faith and strength of their community” (Quest for a Home Land). This was a tool to combat racism through the use of creative writing, thus showing the peaceful manner of the Chicano movement. The murals created by Chicano community exemplified their struggle in an Anglo American society and peaceful beauty of their culture that was once thought to be “savage and violent” (Mann, 15). In history our ancestor’s artistic expression was similar to the Chicano art to show our strength and pride of who we are, but early historians showed it as something “violent and uncultured” (Jackson, 10/20/15).
Throughout this semester as a class we have gone over many different terminology, seen many artists from all different countries and time periods. We have also learned about different kinds of art and media that the Artist work with. Over the entire semester I have gained a greater appreciation and understanding for art. Taking all of the new information that I learned this semester I choose three pieces of artwork from the St. Louis Art Museum. Two are similar to each other and the other is very different.
Immigration during the 20th century led to to differences and cultural changes in the country spreading diversity. Immigrants have came to this country escaping the government from their country, looking for comfort,or chances and hope for their family. The Latin Deli: An Ars Poetica written by Judith Ortiz Cofer, demonstrates the struggle of how immigrants wanted comfort the feeling of being accepted even as they speak a different language. The Latin Deli: An Ars Poetica captures the struggle of immigrants as they were embedded into a new life a new culture. Take The Tortillas out of your poetry written by Rudolfo Anaya demonstrated how the poets that tried to add their culture into their poetry were rejected for having a different language.
Humans rarely change their ways; they stay in their own worlds and always interact with the same types of people. Unfortunately, this habit often creates unseen barriers that divide and alienate human beings from one another. In Luis Alberto Urrea’s book The Devil’s Highway, Urrea provides a personal perspective to immigration by telling the story of 26 illegal immigrants, known as the Wellton 26, who are abandoned as they cross the Mexico-U.S. border. Through their story, Urrea proves there are invisible borders among people that create prejudice, such as language, ethnicity, and economic status. By reading The Devil’s Highway, it is clear that these barriers must be broken down to ensure harmony within society.
“Passport Photos” by Amitava Kumar is an excerpt combining poetry and photography, and making it into a cultural analysis over immigrant conditions. The author explains complicated situations that immigrants have had to deal with when they step towards the U.S. and one of the main conflicts will be language. This piece has described historical moments, such as mentioning “Alfred Arteaga” and the irony of deportation and printing, cultural critiques, and the reality when it comes to the Hispanic cultures. Kumar reflects his book based on a significant image saying “Caution” in English and “Prohibido” in Spanish. In other words, the sign is telling citizens, “Caution”: be careful by avoiding danger, but then it is telling immigrant’s “Prohibido”,
The immigrants entering the United States throughout its history have always had a profound effect on American culture. However, the identity of immigrant groups has been fundamentally challenged and shaped as they attempt to integrate into U.S. society. The influx of Mexicans into the United States has become a controversial political issue that necessitates a comprehensive understanding of their cultural themes and sense of identity. The film Mi Familia (or My Family) covers the journey and experiences of one Mexican-American (or “Chicano”) family from Mexico as they start a new life in the United States. Throughout the course of the film, the same essential conflicts and themes that epitomize Chicano identity in other works of literature
Smithsonian Institution, 1992. Loukaitou-Sideris, Anastasia, and Carl Grodach. “Displaying and Celebrating the ‘Other’: A Study of the Mission, Scope, and Roles of Ethnic Museums in Los Angeles.” The Public Historian 26, no. 4 (2004): 49–71.
Along this movement, there were numerous artists stimulated to diffuse an awareness of their culture’s history at the moment intervening on certain political issues ranging from land grands to equal opportunities. Feasibly, it is impressive how a few of the most famous pieces were those that depicted chronically the existence of Mexican society in the United States which concerns problems just as immigration and rejection of human rights. Freedom was assumed by many people as apparently it was not granted in the political activism which was happening, this allowed a massive quantity of artist to connect their feelings and thoughts into the problems occurring due to political commanders. The era’s art style was projected in a different manner, but several of the most famous were big mural art pieces that frequently conveyed a story varying on the artists
Introduction Informative, contemplative, and different are three words to describe “How Immigrants Become ‘Other’” by Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco and Carola Suárez-Orozco from Rereading America. “How Immigrants Become ‘Other’” talks about unauthorized immigration. More specifically, this source talks about the other side of the issue of unauthorized immigrants; the human face of it all. “How Immigrants Become ‘Other’” depicts the monster from one of Jeffrey Jerome Cohen’s thesis in the article, “Monster Culture (7 Theses).” The monster seen in the source “How Immigrants Become ‘Other’” is the one that Cohen talks about in his fourth thesis, “The Monster Dwells at the Gates of Difference.”
“Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists” (Franklin D. Roosevelt). In The Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle, Delaney and other characters of the book introduce the racism of most communities by bringing up the topics of coyotes, borders, physically and mentally, and illegal Mexican immigrants. Each topic ties one another together. To most, there shows a problem with the immigrants coming to America, just because they didn’t come legally. T.C. Boyle showed the reaction of people to new people coming to America to try and live the American dream that we are all supposed to be allowed to do.
Their art is characteristic of house paint, strip club fliers, sparkly stickers, wheat paste, corrugated metal siding, and hand drawn images of nature from their hometowns. A look at their gallery clearly shows the fusion of Mexican and American culture. Personally, I got to like one piece of art. The image painted on metallic bowl like object. It is painted