Chicano Art in Public Spaces on Campus
This research involves the making of socially aware art for public display on university and college campuses, taking into account Mexican and Chicano experiences in the United States. The research will not only address the different formal, historical, and aesthetic concerns related to the act of painting, but will also be indicative of research done into the portrayal of Mexicans and Mexican-Americans in popular media and in Chicano art under the larger theme of work versus leisure. By investigating the social implications within contemporary Chicano art along with that of historical figures, such as Jose Guadalupe Posada, I will try to create a work of art that questions old and new stereotypes of Mexicans and Mexican-Americans while illustrating class distinctions in American society. The work will hopefully open a discussion concerning these issues in an educational setting that promotes diversity and social justice.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Art and Design
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