Exhibiting Mestizaje Analysis

1443 Words 6 Pages
Lisa Bullock
Humanities 314
Dr. Pittman
23 November 2014
Exhibiting Mestizaje In the words of Karen Mary Davalos, “Diaspora communities experience an ‘ongoing history of dis-placement, suffering, adaptation, or resistance’ that requires them to create alternative sources for establishing culture, memory, and solidarity” (Exhibiting Mestizaje, 23). In America people have to fight for their citizenship in order to be accepted by society. People of Latin cultures have it hard because they are not identified as people who are from America, even if they have American blood in them. In the novel, “Exhibiting Mestizaje” by Karen Davalos states, “ Mexicans in the United States have had to continuously negotiate their marginal status, and even those
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Through funded community development and antipoverty agencies, community based institutions were reserved by members of the local communities who entrenched the centers and museums to counteract the influence of mainstream America. In Karen Mary Davalos novel, “Exhibiting Mestizaje,” she states that, “Yet they did not take the public museum as their guide; not only did they lack the money and the trained staff, they focused on those subjects denied by the public museum’s homogenized narrative and history of the United States” (Davalos 60). Mexican American art institutions presented topics and other artwork that public museums did not accept. They did this to gain authority for subjects that were previously denied. Davalos also states, “If marginalized people determine the shape and content of an exhibition that displays their history or culture, the public museum is no longer the singular authority on that history or culture” (61). Mexican Americans concurrently challenge the narratives presented by public museums by making interpretations of celebrating an artistic achievement or documenting daily …show more content…
Artists of Mexican origin used the Chicano identifier as a way to carve new cultural space for themselves between Mexico and the United States. People who identified themselves as Chicano or did not classify themselves as Chicano used media styles and forms to narrate their culture, struggles, history and victories of the Mexican American communities. During this time of the Chicano Movement also known as Movimiento, there were a range of forms that artists could experiment with, but they chose the media art form such as leaflets, posters, flyers and murals. This allowed them to publicly advertise the position they took on Chicano politics while denying the belief of “high” or “fine” art. Artists continued to use inexpensive art forms including cartoons, photocopies, and other forms that emerged from their mestizaje. Around 1974, murals became one of the most popular visual forms of the Mexican American messages of self-determination and liberations on private establishments, churches, meeting halls and freeway pillars throughout the United

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