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Making a There There: Marian Muralism and Devotional Streetscapes

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This article provides a history of Mexican-American and Chicano/a muralists' depictions of the apparition of the Virgin of Guadalupe that have been painted in Los Angeles/Southern California from the 1960s to the present. It examines a variety of cases: from barrio murals to business signage to contemporary church facades. It argues that these murals reflect sets of customs, values, and a sense of shared history that encourage local unity as well as represent the community to outsiders. Ultimately, it also shows how Marian muralism is a powerful component of the lived religious life of the city and is a practice that serves to define urban places.

Keywords: Chicano/a Art; Diego, Juan (1474-1548); Los Angeles; Murals; Vernacular Arts; Virgin of Guadalupe

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: March 1, 2009


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