16. Martínez-Serros: Schooling and Racism in Mexican South Chicago

Carolina López-Lozano, Idoia Martínez del Mozo and Marc Zimmerman Publicado 2016-02-01 10:36:49   The Mexican Boulevard (Halsted Street). Illustration by William Ortiz   (Part III)   In the first part of this in-depth study of Martínez-Serros’ stories, we examined the four ones which did not involve any direct intervention of institutional structures on the lives of our Chicago Mexicans and their … Read More

Jackie Serrato. “Ray Patlan: A Pioneer of Pilsen Muralismo”

Murals are as old as the Aztec and Maya writings, and the murals in Pilsen derive from that historical influence. The Chicago muralistas of the late 1960’s looked to the Mexican artists we’ve all heard about, “Los tres grandes” who graced the colossal public spaces of 1920’s urban Mexico with pro-indigenous and Mestizo revolutionary art. At the peak of Brown … Read More

José Gamaliel González, Bringing Aztlan to Mexican Chicago

(Autobiography of a Chicago Mexican artist and activist, published by U. of Illinois Press 
( at www.go.illinois.edu/f10gonzalez http://www.press.uillinois.edu/books/catalog/23eqn8dd9780252035388.html.  To purchase go to Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1733426094 Kindle at http://www.amazon.com/Bringing-Aztlan-Mexican-Chicago-Latinos-ebook/dp/B00ARNUG6S/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr= See MZ interview on book at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A67zfeK81p8 See also https://muse.jhu.edu/book/18455 https://www.researchgate.net/publication/254961851_Bringing_Aztlan_to_Mexican_Chicago_My_Life_My_Work_My_Art_review http://www.palgrave-journals.com/lst/journal/v11/n1/full/lst201259a.html https://searchworks.stanford.edu/view/8709301

Jose Gamaliel González: Documenting the Life and Work of a Chicago Mexican Artist and Activist.

A DVD with a mass of art work, photos, letters, newspaper articles and other documents, along with extended intros and voiceovers, complementing González’s autobiography of 2010 (see next entry). View detailed description en  http://www.class.uh.edu/mcl/lacasa/pubs_indetail.asp#dvd  Retail $20.00. Special LACASA subscriber/friend price: $15.00. Plus s/h. For an added note, see “José Gamaliel González at the National Museum of Mexican Art,” http://www.elbeisman.com/article.php?action=read&id=257.

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.  Coordinado y presentado por/ Edited and presented by Marc Zimmerman.  Five fantastic fables plus a selection of fanciful abstracts, portraits and figures—all contextualized by a special, visionary history of a circus-like, globalized world in a book representing the creative work of a Chicago Mexican-Jewish doctor who … Read More

“Piloto’s Sculptures: A Testament of Our Time”

Franky Piña Publicado 2016-04-09 08:07:33 Niño espejo, niño migrante, 2015. Foto: Piloto   Alfonso Piloto Nieves Ruiz’s sculptures are molded with the substance of life. As a creative force, he does not seek, but rather dreams, evokes, errs, and finds. His sculptures can be taken for devils, cherubs, or even satyrs; however, his clay figures can easily morph from vile … Read More

Gamaliel Ramirez

Chicago Rican artist Image for LACASA CHICAGO, commissioned in 1998 and used as cover of the 1998 program for the Congress of the Latin American Studies Association in Chicago. Rights retained by artist and LACASA CHICAGO

Marcos Raya’s magnum opus: Night Nurse at the MCA.

Franky Piña Publicado 2016-01-01 12:00:46 Night Nurse (deatil) by Marcos Raya at the MCA.   The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago has inaugurated the exhibitionSurrealism: The Conjured Life. The exhibition includes more than 100 pieces from the movement that was started by André Breton and has influenced artists from all over the world. Surrealism: The Conjured Life includes pieces by René … Read More

John Pitman Weber, Jose Guerrero, Printmaker, Muralist, Worker.

John Pitman Weber Publicado 2015-10-09 07:54:14 Without struggle there is no progress at UE by John Pitman Weber and José Guerrero.   Jose Guerrero died 10/7/15, after a long battle with cancer. Jose was born in 1938 in San Antonio and came to Chicago in 1964. He worked in a small appliance factory and later for the Park District, but … Read More

René Arceo.”Carlos Cortez Koyokuikatl: The Man and Artist” Part 2.

René Arceo Publicado 2015-10-03 09:49:25 For René Arceo’s “Carlos Cortez Koyokuikatl: The Man and Artist (Part I),” see the link.The overall essay has been edited with Marc Zimmerman as a project of the LACASA Chicago Latino Art Series (CLAS). Thanks again to Carlos Tortolero, Cesareo Moreno and Dolores Mercado of the National Mexican Museum of Art (NMMA-PC), the family of Marianna … Read More