I was pleased to see some of Judith Baca’s work up for display. I really like her work and all of the Mexican aspects she puts into her images. Her mural sketches were really interesting. You could see the planning that went into creating a future mural. The Dia de Los Muertos pieces were nice as well because that is a very significant part of Mexican culture. I know that murals are very popular in Mexican art because they display the culture for everyone to see. These images are for the people, they are not done in canvases to be hung up in a museum. They are done so that people could interact with them, almost so they could be a part of the people.
On a funnier note, another piece I liked was the Cholo Printed Poster 1977-1979 because it was a little comical. It really did look like the stereotype of what a Latino gangster looked like. When someone says the word “cholo” it has a lot of negative connotation. Being called that is not a good thing because cholos are most of the time low-class criminals. I have to admit that some of my cousins used to look like that back in their ‘cholo’ days. It was funny because I could sort of relate to it. Another amazing piece was Barbara Carrasco’s La Mujer. I thought it was a very appealing piece and it was one of my favorites. It was very visually appealing.