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Dreamland: A Frank Romero Retrospective at Museum of Latin American Art
Chicano artist Frank Romero is the subject of a historic retrospective at the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) in Long Beach. Dreamland: A Frank Romero Retrospective is an exhibition of the artist’s work spanning over 50 years. It is his first museum retrospective and the first solo exhibition of a Chicano Artist at MOLAA.
Writer Andrea Serna interviewed Frank Romero for Random Lengths News and PalacioMagazine.com. The interview took place in front of a massive mural painted by Romero called, LA River, 2005. The acrylic on canvas painting is 10 feet tall and 46 feet long. (You can read her Random Lengths News story HERE)
The Frank Romero Retrospective
According to MOLAA, the career retrospective was curated by Edward Hayes, Curator of Exhibitions at the museum. The exhibit explores the art of Frank Romero described as “urban vocabulary steeped in an eclectic mapping of Los Angeles’ cultural terrain.”
Dreamland: A Frank Romero Retrospective features more than 200 works of art including early works, paintings from the Los Four period, large scale paintings and murals, political art from the ‘80s and ‘90s along with recent works. “Los Four was a Chicano artist collective during the 1970s and early 1980s in Los Angeles, California. The group was instrumental in bringing Chicano Art to the attention of the mainstream art world.” Wikipedia
The Long Celebrated Art of Frank Romero
Frank Romero, one of L.A.’s most iconic artists, was born in East Los Angeles in 1941. He is a founding member of the Los Four art collective. Their work was celebrated in a 1974 exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). The exhibition is described as the first Chicano art exhibition at a mainstream museum.
MOLAA describes the Frank Romero retrospective Dreamland as a “recounting of his life’s journey from his early years as an aspiring young Boyle Heights artist, to becoming a founding member of Los Four, to establishing himself as a sought after graphic designer, to becoming one of the most celebrated L.A. artist of our time.”
Visit Dreamland: A Frank Romero Retrospective
The exhibit is now open at the Museum of Latin American Art through May 21, 2017. For more information on the exhibit, visit www.molaa.org.
For more information on Los Four, visit the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, Los Four/Murals of Aztlán: The Street Painters of East Los Angeles, HERE.
“MOLAA Honors Chicano Artist” by Andrea Serna, Arts and Culture Writer at www.randomlengthsnews.com