A highlight of our visit to @nhmla
was practicing close looking and engaging in critical discussion about Barbara Carasco’s iconic mural LA History: A Mexican Perspective. Carasco’s mural depicts the history of the area from prehistoric to contemporary times. Originally commissioned in 1981 for LA’s #bicentennial
celebration, the mural was censored because it depicted so-called controversial moments in local history, including the forced labor of indigenous peoples during the colonial period, the displacement of Mexican-American communities to build Dodger stadium in #Chavez
ravine, the whitewashing of the América Tropical mural by Mexican muralist #Siquieros
and the internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII. According to the artist, the mural was a chance to tell the many histories of the city, to include the histories that get left out of the books, to create a more honest, inclusive and critical perspective on history itself. Designed by legendary #Chicana #artist #Carasco
and completed by a team of artists, the mural has since become a symbol of artistic freedom and a source of inspiration for those fighting for change for historically disenfranchised communities.
❤️ Seeing this generation of young ones come together to discuss art and history gives me hope for the future. We have the power to affect real change. May we write new histories. ❤️
PS U think we had fun maybe? ALWAYS.