General Description: Since 2011, the most active dimension of LACASA’s Chicago Latino Art Series(CLAS) has been that of a special subgroup focusing on Chicago Mexican art and functioning under the rubric of CMAP. The group’s core members include director Len Dominguez of Chicago’s Dominguez Carlos Gallery, public arts critic Jeff Huebner, artist, community artist and researcher Diana Solis, arts cultural activist Marta Ayala, arts educator Rene Arceo and Latin Americanist/Latino/a cultural studies researcher Marc Zimmerman, who serves as project coordinator. Consultants for the project are: Victor Sorell, John Weber and Olga Herrera, well known authorities on Midwest and Chicago Latino Arts. Nicole Marroquín, Francisco Piña, José Gamaliel González and otherkey resource people are involved in the project as well.

CMAP Components include:

A. CMAP Publications

1. Books & CDS

MundoChico02_____Aaron Kerlow. El gran circo chico de nuestro mundito/The Great Little Circus of Our Small World. Dibujos y escritos en español e inglés/ Drawings and Writings in Spanish & English. Not yet available on Amazon. Until further notice, Buy at Special LACASA Friend Price $12.00 plus $3.99 s/h only, at


Cover-v4_____José Gamaliel González: Documenting the Life and Work of a Chicago Mexican Artist and Activist.

ThIS Global LACASA publication is a seven-chapter book formatted as a CD in a DVD box, standing as a sequel to, and complementing, José’s autobiography (see next entry), containing the most complete lineup of José's visual work yet to appear—with a mass of art work (including colored images that only appeared in black and white in the autobiography, etc.), photos, letters, newspaper articles and other documents, along with extended intros and voice overs.

For a sample description of first sections see

Buy here

For an added note, see “José Gamaliel González at the National Museum of Mexican Art,”

JGGbook_____José Gamaliel González, Bringing Aztlan to Mexican Chicago. 

See detailed description here:

For reviews, etc., see aztlan-to- mexican-chicago/.

B. General Perspectives (Framing Material)

C. Chicago General Mexican Arts Groups, Institutions and Organizations Past and Recent


Chicago Mexican Murals

Images Here (National Museum of Mexican Art [NMMA])

Mexican Fine Arts Center

For almost all, see Olga Herrera

For several of them in the 1990s, see “Hispanic Artists Flourish In Pilsen Galleries.  “

Art Institute of Chicago. AIC

Schol of the Art Institute of Chicago.SAIC

Columbia College.  Latino Art and Artists:
Mano/Mundo/Corazon: Artists Interpret La Loteria
Link Here


Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago.MCA

National Museum of Mexican Art- NMMA  (1987–). Formerly the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum

Images Here

Mexican Fine Arts Center–Museum (Chicago, Ill.) Latina art, showcase ’87 = Arte de latinas, muestra ’87 Chicago : Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, 1987 20 p. : ill. ICAA RECORD ID: 781769

MARCH : Movimiento Artístico Chicano – ICAA Documents > THE ……/Default.aspx
See also II.A.

MIRA.  Mi Raza Arts Consortium (1980-93)

Raza Art & Media Collective: A Latino Art Group in the Midwestern United States Olga U. Herrera Institute for Latino Studies, University of Notre Dame, Indiana.
See also II.A.

Galería Calles y Sueños
Christina Obregón and Jose David.

Claudia García-Rojas.  A dialogue with Calles y Sueños’ artistic director: Christina Obregón.

Polvo Chicago
“Somos polvo”.
A Brief History of Polvo

Finding Aid for Polvo Art Collective Papers

Taller mexicano de grabado
Linda Lutton.  Group Efforts: how much wood can a woodcut cut?
(see Taller Mestizarte)

Taller Mestizarte.

Casa de la cultura Carlos Cortez
(see Taller Mexicano de grabado de Chicago.

Prospectus gallery

PROSPECTUS ART GALLERY – in Chicago’s PILSEN neighborhood

Casa Atzlán
Welcome to Casa Aztlan.

Casa Aztlan art work
Link Here

Colibri Art Gallery.
19 photos for Colibri Studio & Gallery.

Colibri Gallery
Link here

Q&A: Len Dominguez on “Carlos and Dominguez Art Gallery”.

La LLorona Gallery
Paul Biasco. Latino Fine Arts Gallery Reopens in Lincoln Park After Two-Year Shutdown.
Link here

Pilsen Outpost
Pilsen Outpost Gallery and Shop.
Online search here

Pilsen’s affordable art Head down south to find artwork that doesn’t break the bank.

Café Jumping Bean
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Cafe Jumping Bean Celebrates 19 Years in Pilsen –

Jan 8, 2013 – PILSEN — Cafe Jumping Bean, Pilsen | Metromix Chicago

La Catrina

In Memory of Fallen Son, La Catrina Cafe Launches Gabriel Project in Pilsen

D. Individual Artists.