Los Angeles County Museum of Art 3
This grouping explores how Chicanx, Latinx, and Indigenous artists working from the late 1980s to the present day reinvent historic imagery in their work to celebrate cultural origins, symbols, and community, as well to confront issues of displacement and colonization.
Collection Loan Partnership Available Winter 2022 – Fall 2026
About the Artworks
Aztlán is considered the ancestral home of the Aztecs, and while its actual location is unclear and believed by some to be mythic, it is often associated with what is known as the southwestern United States. Symbolically, Aztlán represents both the shared origins and aspirations of many in the Chicanx and Latinx communities. Imagery derived from Mesoamerican cultures like the Aztec and Maya, often appears in the work of artists interested in the complexities of cultural identity. Derived from LACMA’s rich holdings in this area, Children of Aztlán explores how Chicanx, Latinx, and Indigenous artists working from the late 1980s to the present day reinvent historic imagery in their work to celebrate cultural origins, symbols, and community, as well to confront issues of displacement and colonization.
Many of the works in this grouping were made at Self Help Graphics & Art, a community center and screenprint workshop established in the early 1970s by the Franciscan nun Karen Boccalero to promote cultural pride and creativity in the predominantly Mexican American and Latin American “barrio” in East L.A. Also included are lithographs made at El Nopal Press, founded in 1990 and devoted to the exploration of border issues, and key works from the museum’s departments of Contemporary Art, Photography, and Art of the Ancient Americas.
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 Fall 2023 – Fall 2024
Available Fall 2024 – Fall 2025
Available Fall 2025 – Fall 2026