About Exhibit

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“Chican@s (re)Imagining Zapata” is an exhibition inspired by my senior art history thesis titled, “The Art of the United Farm Workers and the Visual Language of Revolution in the U.S. and Mexico.” The thesis was completed in the winter 2013 under the faculty guidance of Professor Judith F. Baca and Professor Charlene Villaseñor Black. My thesis looked at the Chicano appropriation of Mexican iconography in order to inspire their own revolutionary movement during the 1960s and 70s, and create what Benedict Anderson termed, “an imagined community” among people who could relate to the iconography and its message.
This exhibition examines the iconography of Emiliano Zapata, infamous general of the Mexican Revolution, in posters and newspapers produced during the 1960s and 70s for the United Farm Workers (UFW), as well as his image in posters for subsequent Chicana/o organizations. The exhibition expands on the images discussed in my thesis by including other posters that include the image of Zapata.
The exhibition begins with three prints produced by El Taller de Gráfica Popular (TGP) in Mexico during the 1940s and 50s, which also utilized Zapata’s image. The juxtaposition of the TGP prints to covers of El Malcriado, the UFW newspaper, show the influence that not only Mexican iconography, but also Mexican art had on the UFW and Chicana/o artists.
Through the use of posters and prints depicting Mexican revolutionary heroes, I argue that the Chicano community utilized images of Zapata and Villa to inspire their own imagined revolutionary community in the U.S. In the final poster of the exhibition, I placed an image of a revolutionary Chicana, inspired by the typical images of Zapata. The final image serves to question the role of the masculine images of Zapata and Villa for both Chicanos and Chicanas during the rise of the Chicano movement in the U.S.
The exhibition at the Chicano Studies Research Center will be on view from April 15-May 10, 2013, with an opening reception on Thursday, April 18 from 3-5pm.

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Julia Fernandez

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Julia Fernandez, “About Exhibit,” Chican@s (re)Imagining Zapata, accessed September 23, 2017, http://postersofrevolution.omeka.net/items/show/22.