Title

Chicana! Power, Art & Gender

Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Artist Statement

The Mexican American civil rights and the feminist movements both began in the late 1960s. Despite both group’’s claims to include everyone, Chicana women felt displaced in the former, often expected to merely serve as sexual outlets for the male leaders to vent frustrations, or as the ““uneducated, lower class help”” in the latter. One group of women artists’’ known as Las Mujeres Muralistas subverted these notions and through their art created a voice for Chicanas that coincided with the ideals of El Movimiento, while rebelling against patriarchal privilege. With their use of female-centered subject matter with hidden scenes of Chicano folklore and contemporary cultural oppression, Las Mujeres Muralistas grew as empowered figures within the Chicano community, the feminist movement, and the art world in general.

Location

DeRosa University Center, Room 211 A/B

Start Date

2-5-2009 9:00 AM

End Date

2-5-2009 12:30 PM

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Chicana! Power, Art & Gender

DeRosa University Center, Room 211 A/B

The Mexican American civil rights and the feminist movements both began in the late 1960s. Despite both group’’s claims to include everyone, Chicana women felt displaced in the former, often expected to merely serve as sexual outlets for the male leaders to vent frustrations, or as the ““uneducated, lower class help”” in the latter. One group of women artists’’ known as Las Mujeres Muralistas subverted these notions and through their art created a voice for Chicanas that coincided with the ideals of El Movimiento, while rebelling against patriarchal privilege. With their use of female-centered subject matter with hidden scenes of Chicano folklore and contemporary cultural oppression, Las Mujeres Muralistas grew as empowered figures within the Chicano community, the feminist movement, and the art world in general.