New PDF release: Bringing Aztlan to Mexican Chicago: My Life, My Work, My Art

By Jose Gamaliel Gonzalez, Marc Zimmerman

ISBN-10: 0252035380

ISBN-13: 9780252035388


Bringing Aztlán to Mexican Chicago is the autobiography of Jóse Gamaliel González, an impassioned artist prepared to danger focused on the empowerment of his marginalized and oppressed group. via reminiscences rising in a chain of interviews carried out over a interval of six years by means of his good friend Marc Zimmerman, González seems again on his lifestyles and his function in constructing Mexican, Chicano, and Latino paintings as a primary size of the town he got here to name home.
Born close to Monterey, Mexico, and raised in a metal mill city in northwest Indiana, González studied paintings on the tuition of the artwork Institute of Chicago and the college of Notre Dame. Settling in Chicago, he based significant paintings teams: El Movimiento Artístico Chicano (MARCH) within the Seventies and Mi Raza Arts Consortium (MIRA) within the 1980s.
With a variety of illustrations, this publication portrays González's all-but-forgotten neighborhood advocacy, his commitments and conflicts, and his lengthy fight to deliver caliber arts programming to the town. by way of turns dramatic and funny, his narrative additionally covers his bouts of ailment, his relationships with different artists and humanities promoters, and his position inside urban and barrio politics.

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My young uncle Joe told me she had a thing for me. And I was very shy, but I got up the courage to approach her. I don’t know what happened, but I seem to remember holding hands with her and maybe even kissing her. Then there was my first Mexican flame—a girl from East Chicago who was named Rose Mary. I really had a crush on her, and I took her to my senior prom (fig. 8). After the dance we drove to Chicago with my friend Tony Peña and his date to the Chez Paris, where we saw Frank Sinatra and had a Bringing Aztlán to Mexican Chicago 5/12/10 12:29:20 PM great time.

17 5/12/10 12:29:23 PM Fig. 10. José Gamaliel González, abstract landscape. 18''×24''. Water color. Black and white. Chicago Fine Arts Academy, 1953. Owned and provided by Mario Castillo. From the collection of Mario Castillo. indd 18 me throw up to help me get well. It was pouring, and I don’t know what happened to her, but all the buses had gone, and the hotels were full, so I stayed overnight under a bridge. I couldn’t really sleep with the rain and chill air and my head still ringing from the wine.

Now I was on my own in Mexico, and that’s when I drove on to San Miguel, where I’d applied to enter the best art school there. I went right to my friend’s apartment. And sure enough, he gave me an already dated telegram from my mother saying that my father and my grandfather on my mother’s side had died, one right after another—just one day apart. I called up my brother Arturo and asked him if I should come back, and he said, What good would that do? They were both buried now, and I might as well stay and do what I’d set out to do.

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