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Friday, March 16, 2018

Testament of the Spirit: Paintings by Eduardo Carrillo exhibit at Pasadena Museum of California Art

From The Museum's inception, a focus on art and arts education has played a major role in ongoing programming.

Yes, we have placed an emphasis on artists from the valley, either living in the valley or have worked within its borders at some point. However, we are also fans of art that is being promoted throughout the greater Los Angeles and even southern CA areas.

One exhibit worth experiencing is a retrospective of Chicano artist, Eduardo Carrillo. His work is on view at the Pasadena Museum of California Art until June 3, 2018. The exhibition features a large mural considered to be the first Chicano-themed mural painted at an American university.

Entitled Chicano History, the mural was painted in 1970 by Carrillo, Ramses Noriega, Sergio Hernandez, and Sol Solache for the UCLA Chicano Studies Resource Center, just before the start of the Chicano Moratorium. In 1991, the mural was taken down for building repairs, it went in to storage and was never installed in the new space as originally intended—Chicano History has not been available to the public until now.

Eduardo Carrillo was raised in East Los Angeles; he graduated from UCLA with a BFA and MFA; and spent 25 years as an Art Professor at UC Santa Cruz. Carrillo’s earlier works focused on murals like the landmark Chicano History mural which depicts the pre-conquest landscape to the moment of the mural’s conception; Las Tropicanas, an almost psychedelic mural full of mystical imagery and symbols; and Father Hidalgo in Front of the Church of Dolores, a tile mural at Olvera Street in Downtown Los Angeles.

For more information on this exhibit, please click HERE.

Michel Stevens

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