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The Mexican Museum of San Francisco Papers, 1971-2006by Karen Mary Davalos
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The Mexican Museum of San Francisco was founded in 1975 by artist Peter Rodriguez to "foster the exhibition, conservation, and dissemination of Mexican and Chicano art and culture for all peoples." Its holdings include some 14,000 objects with a historical range extending from pre-conquest Mexico to contemporary Mexican American and Latino communities in the United States.
The Chicano Studies Research Center's collection includes a broad selection of the museum's administrative papers and related materials. Karen Mary Davalos draws on these documents to trace the origins of the museum and explore how its mission has been shaped by its visionary artist-founder, local art collectors and patrons, Mexican art and culture, and the Chicano movement. A detailed finding aid and a selected bibliography complete the volume.
Book News Annotation:
The Chicano Archives series, with the goal of facilitating access to Chicano collections, presents this work, cataloguing the art of the Mexican Museum of San Francisco, the largest collection of Mexican and Chicano art. The collection spans the period from pre-conquest Mexico to contemporary works by Mexican American and Latino artists living in the US. The work is only in part a catalogue, as nearly half of the volume is an essay by Davalos (Chicana/o studies, Loyola Marymount U.) detailing the rich history of the museum, from its founding in 1975 by artist Peter Rodriguez to its current activities, often using historical documents of the museum itself, many of which are printed herein. Aside from the comprehensive collection guide, the text also includes a selected bibliography. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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