GRAPH BOOKS: PRINTED MATTER FROM RADICAL ART AND SOCIAL MOVEMENTS. FEMINIST HISTORIANS OF MATERIAL CULTURE.
America en la Mira: Muestra de Grafica Internacional
Frente Mexicano de Trabajadores de la Cultura, 1978
[Frente Mexicano de Trabajadores de la Cultura] and [Alberto Hijar]. America en la Mira: Muestra de Grafica Internacional. Exh. Cat. Mexico D.F.: Frente Mexicano de Trabajadores de la Cultura, 1978. 28 cm, 192 pp.; intro and back matter tog. with 162 b/w pls. of works in the exhibition, small dampstain in lower corner of first quarter of text block, not affecting images. Illus. wrappers, heavily worn with closed tears on rear wrapper and two deep dents.
Catalogue documenting the early days of the emerging Marxist “grupos” movement – a response to the controversial X Paris Youth Biennial (1977) where Mexico was excluded from the larger Latin American pavilion because of the political content of its artwork. El Frente Mexicano de Trabajadores de la Cultura was made up of a number of the groups, or members of the groups, selected by Helen Escobedo for the Paris exhibition including members of Grupo Mira, Grupo Suma, Grupo Taller de Arte e Ideología (TAI), Proceso Pentágono, etc. These groups protested the Mexican regime, supported global anti-capitalist and anti-colonial struggles, and identified themselves as “cultural workers” rather than artists. This first exhibition of El Frente brought together an international network of such workers creating “combative graphics.”
Polemical intro texts by Alberto Hijar (UNAM) and others demonstrate ongoing tensions between radical student groups and solidarity with the Sandanista movement and other workers movements in el Cono Sur. The exhibition was displayed in university and museum galleries across Mexico and included work from the San Francisco Poster Brigade and La Raza Silkscreen Center (San Francisco), Los dos Streetscapers (Los Angeles), Untel (Paris), Cuatro (Morrocco), and El Centro Experimental (Naples).
Four copies recorded in North American OCLC member holdings.