BACA: Art, Collaboration, and Mural Making explores The Great Wall of Los Angeles, the landmark work of muralist Judith F. Baca,. A renowned half-mile long mural, the project began in 1976, spearheaded by Baca and executed by more than four hundred artists and artists-in-the-making.
The Great Wall has been acknowledged internationally as one of the world’s great murals, and has been hailed for the methodology behind it. Judith F. Baca, a teacher, scholar, and activist extraordinaire, guided the team, introducing youth from the streets of Los Angeles to a world of art that not only expanded their minds and their individual passions, but defined a period of high muralism in the City of Angels. And just as importantly, Judith F. Baca taught these young people the importance of collaboration as a way to reach a common goal.
Scholars from across America join forces to study Judith F. Baca and The Great Wall, analyzing the why of its inception and the how of its creation. Edited by Mario Ontiveros, BACA: Art, Collaboration, and Mural Making shares how Judith F. Baca was inspired by the work of Los Tres Grandes—José Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera, and David Alfaro Siqueiros—and led her team to paint the history of Southern California. The result: a mural that has been viewed by millions, a cultural landmark in Los Angeles. (Angel City Press)
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