L.A. Xicano

A set of five interrelated exhibitions, L.A. Xicano explores the diverse artistic contributions of Mexican-descent artists since 1945. The exhibitions present hundreds of rarely seen paintings, sculptures, drawings, posters, murals, and photographs created by artists born from 1881 to 1983. Together, the five exhibitions provide the basis for a visual dialogue about Los Angeles and contemporary art.

Autry National Center – October 14, 2011 – January 8, 2012
Press release (PDF)
Fowler Museum at UCLA – September 25, 2011 – February 26, 2012
Press release (PDF)
Fowler Museum at UCLA – October 16, 2011 – February 26, 2012
Press release (PDF)
Los Angeles County Museum of Art – October 15, 2011 – January 22, 2012
Press release (PDF)
UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Library – September 22, 2011 – December 9, 2011
Curated by Armando Durón
More than eighty artists are featured in the five exhibitions. The artists' names are listed here and in the L.A. Xicano press release. Some artists were also interviewed for the CSRC Oral Histories Series.
A full-color catalog, L.A. Xicano, documents four of the exhibitions. A companion publication, The Pocho Research Society Field Guide to L.A.: Monuments and Murals of Erased and Invisible Histories, presents a wry commentary on the Chicano history of Los Angeles.
L.A. Xicano is part of Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980, an unprecedented collaboration of more than sixty cultural institutions across Southern California, which are coming together to tell the story of the birth of the L.A. art scene. Initiated through grants from the Getty Foundation, Pacific Standard Time will take place for six months beginning October 2011. Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America. L.A. Xicano is unique within this effort as a collaboration between a research center and three museums.

Project Team

Curators: Chon A. Noriega, Terezita Romo, Pilar Tompkins Rivas
Advisory Committe: Karen Mary Davalos, Amalia Mesa-Bains, Margarita Nieto, Reina Alejandra Prado, Sybil Venegas, Tomás Ybarra-Frausto
Research Team: C. Ondine Chavoya, Sandra de la Loza, Kathy Gallegos, Andrés Montoya, Raul Pacheco, Mirasol Riojas, Reyes Rodriguez, Arturo E. Romo-Santillano, and Ana Serrano
Research Assistance: Lizette Guerra, Allyson Unzicker, Christopher Anthony Velasco


Getty Foundation, Annenberg Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and California Community Foundation. Related support includes funding from The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, AltaMed Health Services Corporation, Entravision Communications Corporation, The Walt Disney Company, and individual donors.

A list of Pacific Standard Time sponsors is available here.

A description of the conservation of the mural The Birth of Our Art for the exhibition Mapping Another LA: The Chicano Art Movement at the Fowler Museum at UCLA is available here.

CSRC YouTube channel (Videos of L.A. Xicano lectures and events)

L.A. Xicano Events

L.A. Xicano Media Coverage

L.A. Xicano Oral Histories