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Cesar E. Chavez Avenida [Cesar E. Chavez Avenue]

1994
60.8 x 66.3 cm (23 15/16 x 26 1/8 in.)

Roberto Gutiérrez (Los Angeles, California, 1943 - ) Primary

Medium and Support: Screenprint
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Gift of Gilberto Cárdenas, 2017
Accession Number: 2017.420

For artists like Roberto Gutiérrez, who grew up in East Los Angeles, Self Help felt like a second home that was always welcoming. "Cesar E. Chavez Avenida" records the neighborhood’s history, as it commemorates the name change of the area’s main avenue from “Brooklyn” to “Cesar E. Chavez” in 1994. During the 1960s, this part of the city transformed from a predominantly Jewish to a Mexican American community. Today East Los is undergoing another change in demographics as a targeted site of gentrification. Through the arrival of new communities, Self Help remains a symbol of the Latinx history in the area.

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