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'47 Chevy in Wilmington, California

1972, printed 2012 Oscar R. Castillo Born: El Paso, Texas 1945 inkjet print image: 13 3/8 x 20 in. (34.0 x 50.8 cm) sheet: 17 x 22 in. (43.2 x 55.9 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment © 2012, Oscar R. Castillo 2013.51.2 Not currently on view


Exhibition Label

Castillo’s photographs reveal how Chicanos transformed the urban landscape of Los Angeles. ’47 Chevy in Wilmington, California shows a local market whose façade is peppered with references to Mexican foods. Parked outside is a vintage lowrider, a major signifier of Chicano urban culture. Méchicano Art Center Mural at Echo Park Lake records artists painting an outdoor mural that suggests a pyramid. Castillo’s photograph shows how artists painting an outdoor mural that suggests a pyramid. Castillo’s photograph shows how artists inserted indigenous references into their environment and allowed their urban interventions to coexist with graffiti, another public form of Chicano cultural expression.

Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, 2013

Keywords

Cityscape - California - Wilmington

Travel - land - automobile

photography - photoprint

paper - epson professional

inkjet printing

About Oscar R. Castillo

Born: El Paso, Texas 1945

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