Boycott Grapes, Support the United Farm Workers Union

  • Xavier Viramontes, Boycott Grapes, Support the United Farm Workers Union, 1973, offset lithograph on paper, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Tomás Ybarra-Frausto, 1995.50.58, © 1973, Xavier Viramontes

Viramontes created Boycott Grapes, Support the United Farm Workers Union the year César Chávez initiated a new grape boycott in response to the Teamsters’ violent intervention in disputes between the UFW and California growers. Viramontes was aware of the Teamsters’ brutal tactics, which likely informed his imagery of a formidable Aztec warrior squeezing grapes that spew blood instead of juice. The artist suggested that the UFW sell the poster to support the boycott. While the union initially believed the blood symbolism was too graphic, they began selling the print via mail order through El Malcriado, the UFW newspaper.

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Title
Boycott Grapes, Support the United Farm Workers Union
Artist
Date
1973
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
image: 21 3416 in. (55.340.6 cm) sheet (irregular): 23 5817 12 in. (6044.6 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Tomás Ybarra-Frausto

Mediums Description
offset lithograph on paper
Classifications
Keywords
  • History – United States – labor history
  • Allegory – civic – rebellion
  • Figure male
  • Occupation – farm
  • Object – fruit – grape
Object Number
1995.50.58
Palette
Linked Open Data
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