Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe at Maravilla Housing Project, Mednik Avenue and Brooklyn Avenue, East Los Angeles

  • Oscar R. Castillo, Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe at Maravilla Housing Project, Mednik Avenue and Brooklyn Avenue, East Los Angeles, early 1970s, printed 2012, inkjet print, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment, 2013.51.3, © 2012, Oscar R. Castillo

Exhibition Label
Oscar Castillo's photograph of the ruins of the Maravilla Housing project casts murals as miraculous apparitions that suggest hope rising from destruction. Castillo documents two murals by David Lopez that had become a popular community shrine. The murals were so valued by local residents that they were saved during the demolition and reinstalled at another site. The artist's detailed title, which identifies the cross streets where the original shrine was located, conveys his intent to record a community memory.

Down These Mean Streets: Community and Place in Urban Photography, 2017
Title
Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe at Maravilla Housing Project, Mednik Avenue and Brooklyn Avenue, East Los Angeles
Artist
Date
early 1970s, printed 2012
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
image: 14 x 20 in. (35.5 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
  • Religion – Christianity
  • Monument – religious – shrine
  • Cityscape – California – Los Angeles
Object Number
2013.51.3
Palette
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