Aug 282017
 August 28, 2017

Emigdio Vasquez (1939-2014, American). Detail: El Proletariado de Aztlán, 1979, acrylic on plaster, 8’ x 40’.
Chapman University Art Collections, © Emigdio Vasquez Art. Photo: Jessica Bocinski.


My Barrio: Emigdio Vasquez and Chicana/o Identity in Orange County


Ken Gonzales-Day
Ramiro Gomez
Cynthia Herrera
Dulce Soledad Ibarra
Patrick Martinez
Shizu Saldamando
Alejandro Sanchez
Ana Serrano


SEPTEMBER 13, 2017 – JANUARY 5, 2018

Please join us for the opening celebration on September 13, 2017

4:00 p.m. – El Proletariado de Aztlán mural, 442 Cypress St.

5:00 p.m. – Guggenheim Gallery, refreshments and music


The Guggenheim Gallery at Chapman University and the Art collections Department are pleased to announce My Barrio: Emigdio Vasquez and Chicana/o Identity in Orange County.

Emigdio Vasquez (1939-2014) was a prolific artist who painted over 30 public murals in Orange County between 1976 and 2006. His murals celebrated the Chicana/o cultural movement, depicting local people and places alongside imagery from Mexican and Mexican-American history. His 1979 mural, El Proletariado de Aztlán, is located on a Chapman University-owned triplex on North Cypress Street, Orange, and was restored by the artist’s son in 2014.

In addition to his work as a muralist, community leader, and advocate for youth, Vasquez produced a large body of oil paintings which document Chicana/o community life. The Guggenheim Gallery brings together a group of these works alongside contemporary artists. Identifying Vasquez’s mural and related paintings as a bridge shared by the Orange community and Chapman University, the exhibition will nourish dialogues concerning the emergence of Chicana/o politics, identity, and artistic sensibilities in the North Orange County region.


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