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Chicano, once a derisive word used against Mexico's lower classes, was transformed by Mexican-American activists of the 1960s into their own term of endearment and assertion of ethnic pride. The art that followed made a similar journey, and on Wednesday, August 5, Rita Gonzalez – co-curator of the current Phoenix Art Museum show "Phantom Sightings: Art After the Chicano Movement" – dishes about the subject during her "Spraypaint Curating: On Bringing Phantoms Into the Museum" lecture. Gonzalez, the assistant curator of contemporary art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, oversaw the largest, most-comprehensive exhibition of Chicano art, which leans toward more experimental and conceptual work such as performance, photography, film/video, and multimedia pieces.
Wed., Aug. 5, 7 p.m., 2009
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Jose Gonzalez