¡Adelante! Mexican American Artists: 1960s and Beyond

An eclectic and influential exhibition of the work of more than forty prominent Hispanic artists, ¡Adelante! Mexican American Artists: 1960s and Beyond opens this weekend at the Museum at Forest Lawn in Glendale.

You can see a collection of works by an array of talented Mexican American artists, many who helped forge the Chicano Art Movement that began in the 1960’s, as well as contemporary works by a number of the new generation of artists.  This extraordinary exhibit includes paintings, drawings, sculpture and photography.

In addition, a number of the artworks in the exhibit are on loan from the Cheech Marin Collection, one of the largest private collections of Chicano art in the United States.   Since the 1960’s, Cheech Marin has been renowned as a comedian, film actor, writer and musician.

Not only did the Chicano Arts Movement seek social justice and equality for Mexican Americans, but it also sought to educate people of their rich heritage. The diverse art was fueled by heightened political activism and energized cultural pride, and remains as dynamic and complex as the individual life experiences of the artists that created it. The artists in the exhibition, many of whom are East Los Angeles natives, explored, created and/or reinvented alternative art venues for the positive expression of a renewed cultural identity.

Artists participating in the exhibition include Judith F. Baca; Benjamin Botello; David Rivas Botello; Joseph Botello; Joe Bravo; Lupe Duarte; Yami Duarte; Ofelia Esparza; Paul G. Fuentes; Lalo García; Margaret García; Deanna Gomez; Elysa Gomez; Ignacio Gomez; Imelda Gomez; Yolanda González; Jaime Guerrero; Roberto Gutiérrez; Wayne Healy; Sergio Hernandez; jaxiejax (Jacqueline Sanders); Leo Limón; David A. Lopez; Pola Lopez; Los de Abajo Printmaking Collective; Heriberto Luna; Frank Martinez; David J. Negrón; Antonio Pelayo; Steven Botello Rivera; Bill Robles; George Rodriguez; Frank Romero; Shizu Saldamando; Steve Santillan; August H. Santistevan; Maria “Frances” Santistevan; John C. Santistevan (1974 – 1993); Melly Trochez; Patssi Valdez; Mark Vallen; George Yepes; ZANlovesEastLA (Rosanna Esparza Ahrens).

¡Adelante! Mexican American Artists: 1960s and Beyond

Museum at Forest Lawn

1712 S. Glendale Avenue,

Glendale CA

This exhibition runs from September 9 through January 1, 2012.



Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m.—5 p.m.

The Museum is closed Mondays.


Admission and parking is free.

The opening of this exhibition complements Cultural Heritage Month.


About the Museum at Forest Lawn

The Museum at Forest Lawn was founded in 1951 with a vision of bringing a wide variety of artwork to the community through both its permanent collection and traveling exhibits.  The Museum’s permanent collection features both original works and reproductions by artists from throughout the world including both ancient and contemporary pieces.  Bronzes by Frederic Remington, pre-historic stone sculptures, rare coins, valuable 13th to 20th century stained glass and architectural masterpieces such as Paradise Doors are among the more than nearly 250 pieces that can be viewed year-round by museum visitors.  In addition, the Museum proudly hosts special exhibits, such as “The Art of Artis Lane.”

About Forest Lawn

Forest Lawn Memorial-Parks & Mortuaries has been honoring the lives of Southern California families of all faiths and cultures for more than a century.  World-renowned for its unsurpassed beauty, exceptional level of service, and competitive prices for cemetery property, funerals, and cremation services, Forest Lawn has become the gold standard in the funeral and cemetery industry.   With its unique “Spirit of Service” and commitment to uplift and educate the communities it serves, Forest Lawn provides many admission-free programs on art, history, and remembrance enjoyed by thousands each year.


Forest Lawn® is a registered trademark of Forest Lawn Memorial-Park Association.

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Pauline Adamek

Pauline Adamek is a Los Angeles-based arts enthusiast with twenty-five years' experience covering International Film Festivals and reviewing new Theatre, Film and Restaurants.

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