Asco’s Stations of the Cross

  • Asco, Seymour Rosen, Asco's Stations of the Cross, 1971, printed 2018, gelatin silver print, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Frank K. Ribelin Endowment, 2019.3.2, © 1971, SPACES- Saving and Preserving Arts & Cultural Environments

Stations of the Cross was a walking ritual of resistance” against what the performance group Asco considered the useless deaths” taking place in Vietnam. The male members of the group (which originally comprised Harry Gamboa Jr., Gronk, Willie Herrón III, and Patssi Valdez) paraded down Whittier Boulevard in East Los Angeles, with Herrón as a Christ/​death figure bearing a large cardboard cross. The quasi-Passion Play ended with the trioblocking a U.S. Marines recruiting office with the cross, symbolically halting military recruitment from their
Mexican American neighborhood. One year earlier, Whittier Boulevard had been the site of the National Chicano Moratorium March – the largest war protest organized by a minority group, and one that called out the disproportionate burden borne by Americans of color on the front lines.
Asco’s Stations of the Cross
1971, printed 2018
Not on view
8 × 10 in. (20.3 × 25.4 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase through the Frank K. Ribelin Endowment

Mediums Description
gelatin silver print
  • Figure group
  • Cityscape – street
  • Religion – New Testament – Crucifixion
Object Number
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

More from artist

More Artworks from the Collection