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Finding Aid for the America en la Mira Archive 1970 - 1978
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: America en la Mira Archive,
    Date (inclusive): 1970 - 1978
    Collection number: 34
    Creator: Frente Mexicano de Grupos Trabajadores de la Cultura 1978
    Extent: 5 linear feet
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Chicano Studies Research Center, UCLA
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1490
    Abstract: This collection of original artwork from the touring show, America en la Mira, represents about seventy-five percent of the original works in the show. The UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center came to "own" these images, by default. The show came to UCLA in 1980 and was left here, we have been the caretaker since. Researchers who would like to indicate errors of fact or omissions in this finding aid can contact the research center at www.chicano.ucla.edu
    Physical location: Currently stored at the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Library Archive. In the future the collection will be stored at the UCLA Southern Regional Library Facility. Please allow 72 hours advance time for ordering materials.
    Language of Material: Collection materials in English , Spanish


    Collection is open for research.To view the collection or any part of it, please contact the CSRC at http://www.chicano.ucla.edu/

    Publication Rights

    For students and faculty researchers of UCLA, all others by permission only. Copyright has not been assigned to the Chicano Studies Research Center. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Archivist and/or the Librarian at the Chicano Studies Research Center Library. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], America en la Mira Archive, 34, Chicano Studies Research Center, UCLA, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Acquisition Information

    This collection was not donated to the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center. we were merely it's last stop. There is no deed on file. We have processed and preserved the collection as if we had been given the collection as a donation.


    This prefatory essay by Alfonso Espitia huerta, Director del Museo de Arte Contemporano de Morelia is illustrative of the show's intentions:

    AMERICA EN LA MIRA as a collective expression of the groups that work in support of culture from the Mexican Front is an incredible synthesis of the libertarian ideals of all epochs of our continent.

    There is a generation torn apart by the aggressions of totalitarians, which for most of the nations in continental America, lives and endures in a climate of anti-culture, with signs contrary to Bolivar, Washington, Hidalgo, Morelos, Marti, F.D. Roosevelt, Zapata, Guevara, Whitman, Neruda, heroes who fought for the freedom of the world, from their impressive nationalist position. This generation has found as a dignified escape, an aesthetic expression enriched/informed by historical consciousness.

    They are youth that by exercising their universal rights expose their ideas and feelings, to connect with their people; and addressing critical problems of the community with a critical/analytical spirit. They demonstrate that the formal attitudes of simple traditional rhetoric can always be overcome and that if we have a glorious past of struggle, rather than remembering it with nostalgia, it'd be best to think of solutions that could achieve a real change of our old and ominous order, so limited by group interests and transnational forces. And they urge artists to return to the path of intellectual heroism from within the profound aspects of public art, not to create utopias, but the new world that we all hope for.

    Therefore, it turns out to be a great incentive to contemplate the handful of painters, who despise the abstract ambiguity and the bad conscience of old mistakes made during the revolutionary struggle; they continue struggling to exalt the spirit of the American man.

    While it is true that the Mexican plastic has suffered a bourgeois gap, our duty is to put ourselves at the forefront of humanism, taking up again the inclination for the public art of Posada, Atl, Orozco, Rivera and Siqueiros. In this way, we will again find the identity between history, dignity, and art, and not to continue being trapped in the modest, poor, and inadequate expression of underdevelopment.

    You are then welcomed, the gifted men of fine perception, intelligence, will, and fantasy, who do not conform to the tough requirements of the established power/status quo and who escape the traditional modes of transmission of knowledge, achieving the expansion of art through renewed theses of social conscience.

    Scope and Content

    This show consists of original works of art on its original board stock mounts.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    America en la Mira
    Latin American Art
    Revolutionary art
    Xerox art