Chicano Art Inside/Outside the Master's House: Cultural Politics and the CARA Exhibition

Chicano Art Inside/Outside the Master's House: Cultural Politics and the CARA Exhibition

by Alicia Gaspar de Alba

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Overview

In the early 1990s, a major exhibition—Chicano Art: Resistance and Affirmation, 1965–1985—toured major museums around the United States. As a first attempt to define and represent Chicano/a art for a national audience, the exhibit attracted both praise and controversy, while raising fundamental questions about the nature of multiculturalism in the U.S. This book presents the first interdisciplinary cultural study of the CARA exhibit. Alicia Gaspar de Alba looks at the exhibit as a cultural text in which the Chicano/a community affirmed itself not as a "subculture" within the U.S. but as an "alter-Native" culture in opposition to the exclusionary and homogenizing practices of mainstream institutions. She also shows how the exhibit reflected the cultural and sexual politics of the Chicano Movement and how it serves as a model of Chicano/a popular culture more generally. Drawing insights from cultural studies, feminist theory, anthropology, and semiotics, this book constitutes a wide-ranging analysis of Chicano/a art, popular culture, and mainstream cultural politics. It will appeal to a diverse audience in all of these fields.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780292788985
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 07/05/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 20 MB
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About the Author

Alicia Gaspar de Alba is Professor at the César E. Chávez Center for Chicana/o Studies at UCLA.

Table of Contents

List of Figures
x
List of Tables
xii
Pre-Face/Pre-CARA xiii
Acknowledgments xix
A Theoretical Introduction: Alter-Native Ethnography, a lo rasquache 1(30)
PART ONE. OPEN HOUSE
The Solar of Chicano/a Popular Culture: Mi casa [no] es su casa
31(60)
The Color Gallery
88(3)
PART TWO. CARA'S POLITICS OF REPRESENTATION
Through Serpent and Eagle Eyes: Intercultural Collaboration
91(28)
Out of the House, the Halo, and the Whore's Mask: The Mirror of Malinchismo
119(42)
PART THREE. PUBLIC RECEPTION
"Between the Ghetto and the Melting Pot": Popular Hegemony
161(38)
Conclusion: The Mutation of Multiculturalism 199(24)
Appendix A: Selected Viewer Comments 223(16)
Appendix B: The Organizational Structure of the CARA Exhibition 239(2)
Notes 241(38)
Bibliography 279(18)
Index 297

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Bryan J. Wolf

"Alicia Gaspar de Alba has written an incisive, provocative, thoughtful, and opinionated book.... I have no doubt that it will become a central text in the fields of Chicano/a studies, feminist studies, ethnic studies, and cultural theory."

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