“¡Printing the Revolution!” Virtual Conversation Series: Legacy of Printmaking

  • On March 25, 2021, the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) presented a virtual conversation featuring artists included in the landmark exhibition “¡Printing the Revolution!: The Rise and Impact of Chicano Graphics, 1965 to Now.”

    The conversation highlighted how Chicanx artists and print centers have welcomed, nurtured, and collaborated with non-Chicanx artists from the early civil rights era to today, creating a long legacy of influence and support across communities.

    Participants include Jos Sances, a San Francisco–based artist and master printer, who co-founded Mission Gráfica in 1980, founded Alliance Graphics in 1989, and is a founding member of the performance group The Great Tortilla Conspiracy; and Pepe Coronado, founder of the Coronado Print Studio and a founding member of the Dominican York Proyecto GRAFICA, a collective of Dominican American artists devoted to printmaking and the exploration of Dominican diasporic history and culture. This virtual conversation is moderated by Tatiana Reinoza, a specialist in Latinx printmaking and assistant professor of art history at the University of Notre Dame. Reinoza is also a contributor to the “¡Printing the Revolution!” catalogue. Explore the impact and legacy of printmaking that unites artists who are integral members of the Chicanx arts movement.

    This program is part of an online conversation series that examines Chicanx graphics and how artists have used printmaking to debate larger social causes, reflect on issues of their time, and build community. Hear from artists, scholars, and activists about the Chicanx graphics movement, from civil rights–era prints to today’s digital landscape.

    This program received generous support from the Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center.