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Karen Mary Davalos

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781479877966

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479877966.001.0001

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Looking at the Archive

Looking at the Archive

Mechicano Art Center and Goez Art Studios and Gallery

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Chicana/o Remix

Karen Mary Davalos

NYU Press

This chapter traces the origins of the first Chicano arts organizations and explores how they combine art and commerce, two areas previously considered distinct and contradictory. Focusing on the period 1969–1978, the chapter illustrates how the earliest ventures operated with complex and nuanced views about commerce, politics, community, and the arts. It challenges notions in Chicana/o studies that dismiss commerce as antithetical to Chicano movement or community politics, and it finds that Mechicano Art Center and Goez Art Studios and Gallery exceed notions of civic and cultural engagement, inaugurated pedagogies now central in Chicana/o studies and arts institutions, and mapped a decolonial imaginary for Los Angeles.

Keywords:   arts organizations, decolonial imaginary, community politics, Chicano studies, Chicana studies, commercial art, political art, Goez Art Studios and Gallery, Mechicano Art Center, remix

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