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Forest Lawn Museum Announces !Adelante! Mexican American Artists: 1960s and Beyond

The Forest Lawn Museum in Glendale will present “¡Adelante! Mexican American Artists: 1960s and Beyond,” a collection of works by an array of talented Mexican American artists, many who helped forge the Chicano Art Movement that began in the 1960’s, as well as a number of the new generation of artists. This extraordinary exhibit includes paintings, drawings, sculpture, and photography. Open September 9, 2011, through Sunday, January 1, 2012.

Not only did the Chicano Arts Movement seek social justice and equality for Mexican Americans, but it also sought to educate people of their rich heritage. The diverse art was fueled by heightened political activism and energized cultural pride, and remains as dynamic and complex as the individual life experiences of the artists that created it.

The influential artists who are participating in the exhibit include Judith F. Baca; Benjamin Botello; David Rivas Botello; Joseph Botello; Joe Bravo; Barbara Carrasco; Lupe Duarte; Yami Duarte; Ofelia Esparza; Paul G. Fuentes; Lalo García; Margaret García; Deanna Gomez; Elysa Gomez; Ignacio Gomez; Imelda Gomez; Yolanda González; Jaime Guerrero; Roberto Gutiérrez; Wayne Healy; Sergio Hernandez; jaxiejax (Jacqueline Sanders); Leo Limón; David A. Lopez; Pola Lopez; Los de Abajo Printmaking Collective; Heriberto Luna; Frank Martinez; David J. Negrón; Antonio Pelayo; Steven Botello Rivera; Bill Robles; George Rodriguez; Frank Romero; Shizu Saldamando; Steve Santillan; August H. Santistevan; Maria “Frances” Santistevan; John C. Santistevan (1974 – 1993); Melly Trochez; Patssi Valdez; Mark Vallen; George Yepes; ZANlovesEastLA (Rosanna Esparza Ahrens).

These artists, many of whom are East Los Angeles natives, explored, created and/or reinvented alternative art venues for the positive expression of a renewed cultural identity.

In addition, a number of the works in the exhibit are on loan form the Cheech Marin Collection, one of the largest private collections of Chicano art in the United States. Since the 1960’s, Cheech Marin, an original member of the renowned comedy team of “Cheech and Chong,” has been renowned as a comedian, film actor, writer, and musician.

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