'47 Chevy in Wilmington, California

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

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
Location
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

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