Chicano Art Inside Outside the Master's House Cultural Politics and the Cara Exhibition

ISBN-10: 0292728050

ISBN-13: 9780292728059

Edition: 1997

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"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." Bryan J. Wolf, Professor of American Studies and English, Yale University 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.
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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 1/1/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 332
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

ALICIA GASPAR DE ALBA, a native of the El Paso/Ju�rez border, is Professor and Chair of the C�sar Ch�vez Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies at UCLA. She has published eight other books, including Chicano Art Inside/Outside the Master’s House: Cultural Politics and the CARA Exhibition.

List of Figures
List of Tables
A Theoretical Introduction: Alter-Native Ethnography, a lo rasquache
Open HouseThe Solar of Chicano a Popular Culture: Mi casa [no] es su casaColor Gallery
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
Public Reception"Between the Ghetto and the Melting Pot": Popular Hegemony
Conclusion: The Mutation of Multiculturalism
Selected Viewer Comments
The Organizational Structure of the CARA Exhibition
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