Mexican Muralism

Lead: At the root of the explosion of graffiti on American public spaces was the revolutionary artistic movement known as Mexican Muralism.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Murals have been around since prehistoric times, but the modern genesis of the term in part originated with the Mexican "muralista" art movement. In the years following the Mexican revolution, during the 1920s and 1930s, native art, often with a powerful political message, began to decorate blank walls all over Mexico. Varying in quality, murals helped turn the cities into works of art. Muralists used open public spaces to call attention to a troubled society’s dreams, needs and hopes, revealing the need for social transformation. These murals could not be quickly eradicated, though the authorities tried. They were in-your-face, provocative, and demonstrated insistent demands by the artists for social justice.

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Cesar Chavez

Lead: In the 1970s few public figures ignited the level of conflicting emotions on labor and social issues than farm work organizer Cesar Chavez.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Itinerant farm workers are often a forgotten part of the American political economy. Forming no organized constituency on which politicians can depend, they move from place to place following the crops to be harvest. These workers often are temporary U.S. residents, occupy the lowest segment of the laboring class, live and work in meager circumstances and are willing, sometimes happy, to work for very low wages. In the 1960s, a time of social and political ferment, farm workers found a champion in the person of Cesar Chavez.

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