Self Help Graphics at Fifty: A Cornerstone of Latinx Art and Collaborative Artmaking (Hardcover)
Self Help Graphics at Fifty celebrates the ongoing legacy of an institution that has had profound aesthetic, economic, and political impact on the formation of Chicanx and Latinx art in the United States.
Officially launched in 1973 during the Chicano Movement, Self Help Graphics & Art continues to serve on the cultural front. The institution’s commitment to art, dignity for all, and empowerment of Chicanx and Latinx artists appears in every aspect of programming, including the Día de los Muertos festival; the Barrio Mobile Art Studio, which brings art education to underserved schools; and the printmaking program, which offers an accessible medium infused with activist aims. Looking at the multiple genealogies of art that intersect in East Los Angeles, Self Help Graphics at Fifty bears witness to the organization’s influential role in US and global art histories.
Tatiana Reinoza is Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Notre Dame. She is the author of Reclaiming the Americas: Latinx Art and the Politics of Territory.
Karen Mary Davalos is Professor of Chicano and Latino Studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She is the author of Chicana/o Remix: Art and Errata Since the Sixties.
"The contributors frame Self Help Graphics as an arts organization with the potential to inspire a vision of a more just and inclusive art world, providing new perspectives on the organization and its significant contributions to the Chicano art movement and making Los Angeles a major center for global art."
— Design and Culture