Scope and Content
Title: America en la Mira Archive,
Date (inclusive): 1970 - 1978
Collection number: 34
Creator: Frente Mexicano de
Grupos Trabajadores de la Cultura 1978
5 linear feet
University of California, Los Angeles. Library.
Chicano Studies Research Center, UCLA
Los Angeles, California 90095-1490
Abstract: This collection of original artwork from the
touring show, America en la Mira, represents about seventy-five percent
of the original works in the show. The UCLA Chicano Studies Research
Center came to "own" these images, by default. The show came to UCLA in
1980 and was left here, we have been the caretaker since. Researchers
who would like to indicate errors of fact or omissions in this finding
aid can contact the research center at www.chicano.ucla.edu
Physical location: Currently stored at the UCLA Chicano
Studies Research Center Library Archive. In the future the collection
will be stored at the UCLA Southern Regional Library Facility. Please
allow 72 hours advance time for ordering materials.
Language of Material: Collection materials in English
Collection is open for research.To view the collection or any part of
it, please contact the CSRC at http://www.chicano.ucla.edu/
For students and faculty researchers of UCLA, all others by
permission only. Copyright has not been assigned to the Chicano Studies
Research Center. All requests for permission to publish or quote from
manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Archivist and/or the
Librarian at the Chicano Studies Research Center Library. Permission for
publication is given on behalf of the UCLA Chicano Studies Research
Center as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include
or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be
[Identification of item], America en la Mira Archive, 34, Chicano
Studies Research Center, UCLA, University of California, Los Angeles.
This collection was not donated to the UCLA Chicano Studies Research
Center. we were merely it's last stop. There is no deed on file. We have
processed and preserved the collection as if we had been given the
collection as a donation.
This prefatory essay by Alfonso Espitia huerta, Director del Museo de
Arte Contemporano de Morelia is illustrative of the show's intentions:
AMERICA EN LA MIRA as a collective expression of the groups that work in
support of culture from the Mexican Front is an incredible synthesis of
the libertarian ideals of all epochs of our continent.
There is a generation torn apart by the aggressions of totalitarians,
which for most of the nations in continental America, lives and endures
in a climate of anti-culture, with signs contrary to Bolivar,
Washington, Hidalgo, Morelos, Marti, F.D. Roosevelt, Zapata, Guevara,
Whitman, Neruda, heroes who fought for the freedom of the world, from
their impressive nationalist position. This generation has found as a
dignified escape, an aesthetic expression enriched/informed by
They are youth that by exercising their universal rights expose their
ideas and feelings, to connect with their people; and addressing
critical problems of the community with a critical/analytical spirit.
They demonstrate that the formal attitudes of simple traditional
rhetoric can always be overcome and that if we have a glorious past of
struggle, rather than remembering it with nostalgia, it'd be best to
think of solutions that could achieve a real change of our old and
ominous order, so limited by group interests and transnational forces.
And they urge artists to return to the path of intellectual heroism from
within the profound aspects of public art, not to create utopias, but
the new world that we all hope for.
Therefore, it turns out to be a great incentive to contemplate the
handful of painters, who despise the abstract ambiguity and the bad
conscience of old mistakes made during the revolutionary struggle; they
continue struggling to exalt the spirit of the American man.
While it is true that the Mexican plastic has suffered a bourgeois gap,
our duty is to put ourselves at the forefront of humanism, taking up
again the inclination for the public art of Posada, Atl, Orozco, Rivera
and Siqueiros. In this way, we will again find the identity between
history, dignity, and art, and not to continue being trapped in the
modest, poor, and inadequate expression of underdevelopment.
You are then welcomed, the gifted men of fine perception, intelligence,
will, and fantasy, who do not conform to the tough requirements of the
established power/status quo and who escape the traditional modes of
transmission of knowledge, achieving the expansion of art through
renewed theses of social conscience.
Scope and Content
This show consists of original works of art on its original board
The following terms have been used to index the description of this
collection in the library's online public access catalog.
America en la Mira
Latin American Art