Chicano Movement & La Raza
The Chicano movement of the
1960's and 70's brought about a new assertiveness in how Mexican Americans (as well as
people from South and Central America) saw themselves in a new America. This
political and cultural movement, identified as La Raza (the race) sprouted a related art
scene, made publicly famous by its bold and colorful wall murals. These were the
breading grounds for the first generation of contemporary Chicano artists.
As we reflect now, on the
edge of the 21st century, the seeds that were sown have brought forth a wholly new and
diversified art community.