Viet Nam / Aztlan

  • Malaquias Montoya, Viet Nam / Aztlan, 1973, offset lithograph, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Frank K. Ribelin Endowment, 2015.29.3, © 1973, Malaquias Montoya

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Montoya's activist artmaking began in the context of the California farm workers' movement but soon referenced the full cultural and political dimensions of the fight for Chicano civil rights. His iconic Viet Nam/Aztlan reveals the links among the antiwar, anticolonial, and civil rights movements. Its design equates Vietnam with Aztlán, the mythic Chicano homeland said to be located in the southwestern United States, identifying Chicanos as a conquered and occupied people. In the middle, a Vietnamese soldier and a Chicano man merge together. At bottom, beneath yellow and brown clenched fists, is the Spanish word Fuera, meaning "get out."
Viet Nam / Aztlan
sheet: 26 × 19 in. (66.0 × 48.3 cm) image: 22 1/2 × 17 1/4 in. (57.2 × 43.8 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase through the Frank K. Ribelin Endowment

Mediums Description
offset lithograph
  • Figure group – male
  • History – United States – Vietnam War
  • Ethnic – Chicano
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