LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, in partnership with The California Historical Society, presents ¡Murales Rebeldes!, an exhibition and companion publication exploring the way in which Chicana/o murals in the greater Los Angeles area have been whitewashed, censored, neglected, and even destroyed.
Murals became an essential form of artist response and public voice during the Chicano protests of the 1960s and 1970s. They were a means of expressing both pride and frustration, and challenging the status quo, at a time when other channels of communication were limited for the Mexican American community. Through photography, sketches, related art works, and ephemera, ¡Murales Rebeldes! tells the stories of murals—by artists Barbara Carrasco, Sergio O'Cadiz Moctezuma, Yreina Cervántez and Alma López, Roberto Chavez, Willie Herrón III, East Los Streetscapers, and Ernesto de la Loza—whose messages were almost lost forever . . . until this exhibition and publication.
¡Murales Rebeldes! examines the iconography, content, and artistic strategies of 8 Los Angeles-area Chicana/o murals that made others uncomfortable to the point of provoking a contrary response. These murals are examples of the way in which free speech has been threatened. Audiences will find many contemporary parallels or historic connections in their own communities.