Collection of Mark Santarelli's 'Magú' Materials consist of items related to the short film documenting the art and activism of Gilbert "Magú" Luján. Materials date roughly
from 1999 to 2005. This collection includes audiovisual materials, electronic formats, and production papers.
Gilbert Luján (b. 10/16/1940; d. 07/24/2011), popularly known by the moniker Magú, was an influential Los Angeles painter
and sculptor, best known for bringing Chicano art to widespread public attention both through his own work and the founding
of Chicano art collective Los Four. Magú’s paintings, murals and sculptures were grounded in the textures and objects of daily
Chicano life and pop-culture, most recognizably lowriders, often with bright paint jobs and driven by Aztec warriors. A self-proclaimed
“ethnic artist” and cultural nationalist, Magú elevated folk art to fine art in an attempt to address, firstly, all fellow
Chicanos with art that articulated Chicano identity and individuality and was relevant to the common folk and, secondly, the
mainstream art audience by proclaiming the cultural legitimacy of Chicanismo and a uniquely Chicano worldview.Los Four was an influential Chicano art collective, seen as having been at the forefront of the Chicano movement for over
a decade and having gained widespread recognition for Chicano culture and paving the way for future artists up to the present
day. Los Four was founded by Magú in 1973, consisting originally of himself and artists Frank Romero, Carlos Almaraz, Roberto
‘Beto’ de la Rocha and, later, Judithe Hernández. The members of Los Four were all college-educated and their art reflected
an intellectual engagement with the Chicano movement and the need to assert Chicano identity and culture through art, both
to a mainstream audience and to their own community. The group’s breakthrough came with its exhibition at the Los Angeles
County Museum of Art (LACMA) in 1974, widely seen as the first time Chicano art was legitimized on the biggest stage, the
first ever exhibition of Chicano art at a major gallery. Apart from their extensive exhibition over the next decade and a
half, the group is also well-known for the murals painted by all of its members across Los Angeles, as well as the Los Angeles
Metro stations designed by Luján, Romero and Hernandez.
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