Edgar Garcia
The Architecture and Design Legacy of the Chicano Movement: 1966-1985

Mr. Garcia will document and explore the premise of a “Chicano Style” identified with the unexplored architectural and design contributions of the Chicano Movement. Drawing upon the rich cultural and artistic legacy of Mexico and Southwestern United States, Mexican-American artists and designers rediscovered this rich source of visual artistic precedent to express a reinvigorated cultural identity. Influences from Pre-Columbian art, the Mexican Muralists Movement of the 1920s, and inner city street culture were reinterpreted into a distinctive Chicano aesthetic. Research findings will be disseminated through an active blog and website and through an electronic exhibition.

UPDATE: Interview with the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Leadership Forum blog, on Mr. Garcia’s continued work on this subject as a Pocantico Center Preservation Fellow (more)

first street store. Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles (MCLA)

First Street Store, Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles (MCLA)