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, Alicia Gaspar De Alba

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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: 9780292728059
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 01/28/1998
Edition description: 1 ED
Pages: 332
Sales rank: 1,241,356
Product dimensions: 6.05(w) x 9.23(h) x 0.82(d)

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
  • List of Tables
  • Pre-Face/Pre-CARA
  • Acknowledgments
  • A Theoretical Introduction: Alter-Native Ethnography, a lo rasquache
  • Part One. Open House
    • The Solar of Chicano/a Popular Culture: Mi casa [no] es su casa
    • Color Gallery

  • Part Two. Cara's Politics of Representation
    • Through Serpent and Eagle Eyes: Intercultural Collaboration
    • Out of the House, the Halo, and the Whore's Mask: The Mirror of Malinchismo

  • Part Three. Public Reception
    • "Between the Ghetto and the Melting Pot": Popular Hegemony

  • Conclusion: The Mutation of Multiculturalism
  • Appendix A: Selected Viewer Comments
  • Appendix B: The Organizational Structure of the CARA Exhibition
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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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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