Public Art – Private Works: Retrospective of the Work of Judith Baca at Mesa College

This is an exhibition of paintings, drawings and renderings of Chicana muralist Judith Baca’s public artwork.  This is one of her major retrospectives of and details the intricacies of creating monumental public works, while maintaining a private practice.

The exhibit included well known ‘private works,’ personal pieces confronting identity and social issues:  photographs and a silk-screen print of Judy Baca impersonating a tough and sassy Pachuca, a painting revealing the tragic cost of America’s involvement in the Middle East, and the colorfully ironic Pancho Trinity (1993), a set of mixed media sculptures that reinvent the iconic kitschy image of the ‘sleeping Mexican’ to comment on the
struggle of immigrant groups.

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