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Daniel Zapata, “Young families join La Marcha de la Reconquista along a rural highway through Southern California” (1971). (Courtesy of the photographer and the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center. © Daniel Zapata.)

Published between 1967 and ’77, the Los Angeles-based bilingual newspaper and magazine La Raza provided a vital voice for Mexican Americans and the emerging Chicano Movement. As part of the Getty’s multi-venue initiative focused on Latino and Latin American art, PST: LA/LA, the Autry Museum recently opened an exhibition featuring over 200 photographs from the archives of La Raza. These images capture a multi-faceted portrait of Southern California’s Mexican American community, documenting not only everyday life and culture, but also pivotal milestones of activism, including La Marcha de la Reconquista, the Chicano Moratorium, and the struggle for farm workers’ rights.

This Sunday, the Autry is holding a panel discussion with three photographers featured in the exhibition. Devra Weber, Raul Ruiz, and Joe Razo will talk about their role in covering this turbulent era, and the important part that La Raza played in offering a different perspective than that put forth by mainstream publications. The event is included with museum admission, but reservations are recommended.

When: Sunday, October 15, 11am
Where: Autry Museum of the American West (4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park, Los Angeles)

More info here.

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Matt Stromberg

Matt Stromberg is a freelance visual arts writer based in Los Angeles. In addition to Hyperallergic, he is a frequent contributor to Daily Serving, and Glasstire.