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By Jose Gamaliel Gonzalez, Marc Zimmerman


Bringing Aztlán to Mexican Chicago is the autobiography of Jóse Gamaliel González, an impassioned artist prepared to hazard desirous about the empowerment of his marginalized and oppressed group. via memories rising in a sequence of interviews performed over a interval of six years via his pal Marc Zimmerman, González appears again on his lifestyles and his function in constructing Mexican, Chicano, and Latino paintings as a basic measurement of the town he got here to name home.
Born close to Monterey, Mexico, and raised in a metal mill city in northwest Indiana, González studied paintings on the college of the artwork Institute of Chicago and the college of Notre Dame. Settling in Chicago, he based significant artwork teams: El Movimiento Artístico Chicano (MARCH) within the Seventies and Mi Raza Arts Consortium (MIRA) within the 1980s.
With various illustrations, this e-book portrays González's all-but-forgotten group advocacy, his commitments and conflicts, and his lengthy fight to convey caliber arts programming to town. through turns dramatic and funny, his narrative additionally covers his bouts of ailment, his relationships with different artists and humanities promoters, and his position inside of urban and barrio politics.

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We’ve already got as many as we can get from them. There’s not really anyone else to convert—we’d better go and seek some converts elsewhere. So he revolutionized Christianity from the day he went from being Saul and became Paul, spreading the gospel as he traveled the world. And his rabbi Gamaliel had a kind of spiritual influence on him. ” So Saul took it upon himself to fight against the Jewish religion—or for Christianity. This maybe became part of me, fighting through art for my faith. My father wanted me named Gamaliel too.

And I was very shy, but I got up the courage to approach her. I don’t know what happened, but I seem to remember holding hands with her and maybe even kissing her. Then there was my first Mexican flame—a girl from East Chicago who was named Rose Mary. I really had a crush on her, and I took her to my senior prom (fig. 8). After the dance we drove to Chicago with my friend Tony Peña and his date to the Chez Paris, where we saw Frank Sinatra and had a Bringing Aztlán to Mexican Chicago 5/12/10 12:29:20 PM great time.

I saw what was happening to people in the steel mills. My mother was working all those years for Inland Steel. She probably even had a good job there, in a way. She was a clerk, and she worked in the stock room. The company went under just a few years ago. indd 13 Fig. 7. José’s high school graduation photo, 1952. 13 5/12/10 12:29:20 PM the smoke pouring out of the stacks—the whole thing. Of course, I’m the son of a woman worker in the steel mills. Even though the Mexicans in the group suffered a lot, my mother had a good situation within the Mexican working-class world.

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