East of No West
May Day 2013 was awash in pro-migrant art, with marchers painting the streets of many cities with the pride and fearlessness of the movement in bold colors, CultureStrike is proud to be carrying on a long tradition of placing art at the vanguard of the political landscape. Dialing back a bit–check out this documentary about Willie Herrón’s retrospective mural, “Asco: East of No West,” which explores a political, artistic and historical moment originally captured in a photograph of the 1972 Asco performance by legendary LA artist Harry Gamboa Jr. (whose work was recently featured by NPR). This video, produced by Alexa Oona Schulz, was part of the LACMA 2011 exhibit ”Asco: Elite of the Obscure, A Retrospective, 1972-1987.”
«Walking Mural» (Asco, Harry Gamboa, Jr., 1972, via LACMA)
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Backdrop to the video:
In conjunction with the Asco exhibition, LACMA commissioned Willie Herrón to create a mural, “Asco: East of No West”, based on Harry Gamboa Jr.’s photograph of the 1972 Asco performance “Walking Mural”. “Walking Mural” was a street performance in which the artists created elaborate costumes and paraded silently along Whittier Boulevard. The new mural recalls and reinterprets that performance. It is part of a series of mural by Herrón in the alley at City Terrace Drive, behind Alvarez Bakery near Cal State LA.
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