You won't find this in your Thomas Guide: "Mapping Another L.A.: The Chicano Art Movement," a four-month retrospective of Los Angeles art that is not one, but two exhibitions about the history of Chicano art and how it evolved in the greater metropolitan L.A. area from the '60s until right this instant. With the passing of Chicano arts collective Los Four founder Gilbert "Magú" Luján last July, it's an overview that should've been undertaken a long time ago. The exhibition represents a time during which forward-thinking Chicanos took the rubble of post-WWII society and created a new world from the damage, much like trummerflora blooms so colorfully out of the wasteland of war. You'll hear a lot about the "rebirth" of the L.A. art scene, but that implies that art here has to die to live. It's always been alive. It just lives in those neighborhoods you don't always get around to visiting. Fowler Museum, North Campus, UCLA,Wstwd.; open Wed.-Sun., noon-5 p.m.; till 8 p.m. on Thurs.; thru Feb. 26; free (310) 825-4361, fowler.ucla.edu
Wednesdays-Sundays. Starts: Oct. 16. Continues through Feb. 26, 2011
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