Justice for Our Lives installation

Introduction

Beginning in the 1960s, activist Chicano artists forged a remarkable history of printmaking that remains vital today. Many artists came of age during the civil rights, labor, anti-war, feminist and LGBTQ+ movements, and channeled the period’s social activism into assertive aesthetic statements that announced a new political and cultural consciousness among people of Mexican descent in the United States. This exhibition explores the rise of Chicano graphics within these early social movements and the ways in which Chicanx artists have continued to advance innovative printmaking practices attuned to social justice.

Oree Originol, Justice for Our Lives, 2014-Present, 78 digital images, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Patricia Tobacco Forrester Endowment, 2020.51A-MM, © 2014, Oree Originol

Guided Tour (English)

Curator E. Carmen Ramos and Curatorial Assistant Claudia Zapata take you on a guided video tour of highlights in the ¡Printing the Revolution! exhibition.

Tour virtual (español)

La curadora E. Carmen Ramos y la asistente curatorial Claudia Zapata lo llevan en un video tour guiado de los aspectos más destacados de la exposición, “¡Imprimiendo la revolución!”