Untitled (Side with the Farmworker)

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Copied Unidentified, Untitled (Side with the Farmworker), ca. 1973, screenprint on computer tractor paper, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Margaret Terrazas Santos Collection, 2019.52.4

Artwork Details

Title
Untitled (Side with the Farmworker)
Artist
Unidentified
Date
ca. 1973
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
sheet and image: 22 × 14 18 in. (55.9 × 35.9 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of the Margaret Terrazas Santos Collection
Mediums Description
screenprint on computer tractor paper
Classifications
Keywords
  • Animal — rat
  • Allegory — civic — rebellion
  • Object — foodstuff — wine
Object Number
2019.52.4

Artwork Description

During the civil rights era, artists often used whatever materials they had at hand to craft public messages about pressing concerns. Here an unidentified artist emblazons a pro-labor message on recycled computer paper, calling for the boycott of Gallo Wines. Activists on college campuses were especially known for using this unconventional paper for their printmaking. The artist depicts a revolting rat, a symbol of nonunion workers who cross the picket line.

¡Printing the Revolution! The Rise and Impact of Chicano Graphics, 1965 to Now, 2020

Description in Spanish

En la época de los derechos civiles, a menudo los artistas utilizaban cualquier material que tuviesen a mano para elaborar mensajes públicos acerca de temas urgentes. Aquí, un artista no identificado escribe un mensaje en pro de los trabajadores sobre papel de impresora reciclado, para hacer un llamado por el boicot de la empresa Gallo Wines. Los activistas de los recintos universitarios eran especialmente conocidos por utilizar este tipo de papel no convencional para sus grabados. El artista ilustra una rata repugnante, un símbolo de los trabajadores no miembros del sindicato que cruzan las líneas de piquetes.

¡Imprimir la revolución! Auge e impacto de las obras gráficas chicanas, desde 1965 hasta hoy, 2020

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