Los Angeles County Museum of Art 2
This grouping features artworks from the Self Help Graphics & Art collection at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Collection Loan Partnership Available Winter 2022 – Fall 2026
About the Artworks
Self Help Graphics & Art was established in the early 1970s in East Los Angeles by Sister Karen Boccalero, a Catholic nun and respected printmaker who worked with a group of local artists. Its mission was to create a central gathering place that would nurture and support the local Chicana/o and Latinx community of artists. The center provided access to experimental printmaking methods and educational programming for these artists and their audience. Since its inception, Self Help Graphics has published more than a thousand limited-edition fine-art prints with an emphasis on screenprints. Today, it continues to prosper in its role as an advocate for many artists working in Los Angeles and the greater Southern California region.
This grouping also features the evocative City Bridge, which was made by Carlos Almaraz in collaboration with artist/printmaker Efram Wolff, that came to LACMA from the estate of the artist. City Bridge provides an important learning tool for this multistep printmaking process. The individual sheets in various ranges of the spectrum represent unique templates that, when combined, contribute to the realization of Almaraz’s vision for the final work.
12 – 24 months
RH: 40-60%, 12 months of climate readings
Security: 24 hr. manned
Art Bridges covers all costs to prepare and ship the artworks to the borrowing museums. The foundation encourages borrowing museums to apply for accompanying Learning & Engagement funding to support the activation and interpretation of Collection Loan Partnership artworks. Learning & Engagement funding supports multidisciplinary programming, interpretive materials, and community outreach.
Availability & Touring
Available Winter 2022 – Fall 2026