'47 Chevy in Wilmington, California

  • Oscar R. Castillo, '47 Chevy in Wilmington, California, 1972, printed 2012, inkjet print, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © 2012, Oscar R. Castillo, Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment, 2013.51.2

Exhibition Label
Castillo’s photographs reveal how Chicanos transformed the urban landscape of Los Angeles. ’47 Chevy in Wilmington, California shows a local market whose façade is peppered with references to Mexican foods. Parked outside is a vintage lowrider, a major signifier of Chicano urban culture. Méchicano Art Center Mural at Echo Park Lake records artists painting an outdoor mural that suggests a pyramid. Castillo’s photograph shows how artists painting an outdoor mural that suggests a pyramid. Castillo’s photograph shows how artists inserted indigenous references into their environment and allowed their urban interventions to coexist with graffiti, another public form of Chicano cultural expression.

Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, 2013

Title
'47 Chevy in Wilmington, California
Artist
Date
1972, printed 2012
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
image: 13 3/8 x 20 in. (34.0 x 50.8 cm)
sheet: 17 x 22 in. (43.2 x 55.9 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment

Mediums Description
inkjet print
Classifications
Keywords
  • Cityscape – California – Wilmington
  • Travel – land – automobile
Object Number
2013.51.2
Palette
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI