September 24, 1965, Delano, CA, Grape Strike, Dolores Huerta

Plaza de Cultura y Artes Exhibit on Dolores Huerta Opens Today

The Harvey Richards Media Archive is please to reprint the press release by La Plaza de Cultura y Artes in Los Angeles announcing their exhibit on Dolores Huerta which begins today, April 10, 2014.  Check it out!

Exhibit on Dolores Huerta includes this September, 1965 photo by Harvey Richards.
Exhibit on Dolores Huerta includes this September, 1965 photo by Harvey Richards.

Press Release

Exhibition: ¡Viva la Causa!Dolores Huerta and the Struggle for Justice

On View: April 10‒July 7, 2014

Location: LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, 501 North Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012Download PDF

(Los Angeles―April 7, 2014) LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes (LA Plaza) presents¡Viva la Causa!Dolores Huerta and the Struggle for Justice, the first exhibition to examine the pivotal role Dolores Huerta played in the fight for the rights of farm workers; and in the founding, with César Chávez, of the United Farm Workers (UFW). The exhibition includes approximately 120 serigraphs, posters, drawings, and documentary photographs that chronicle Huerta’s life and this important struggle, as well as her ongoing work as an influential labor and human rights activist.

Huerta views art as an important catalyst in movements for change. She has been the subject and source of inspiration for works by many artists. The early involvement of Teatro Campesino in the fields and posters by artists supporting the organizing efforts of the UFW are on view, as well as contemporary pieces that address issues Huerta continues to work to impact: violence against women, human and civil rights, LGBT rights, labor rights, and immigration.

Exhibition Overview

Huerta was a teacher in Stockton, Calif. in the early 1950s and described the experience that inspired her early activism:

I left elementary school teaching because I couldn’t stand seeing farm worker’s children come to class hungry and in need of shoes…I thought I could do more by organizing their parents than by trying to teach their hungry children.” (“Dolores Huerta Biography.” The Dolores Huerta Foundation Sept. 21, 2007)

Works on view in the exhibition include early family photos, documentary photography from the UFW archives at Wayne State and from the Harvey Richards Media Archive, along with photographs by George Rodríguez, as well as posters from the Center for the Study of Political Graphics, and serigraphs from Self-Help Graphics and UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center.

The show examines the roots of Huerta’s activism, the pivotal strike in Delano, Calif. from 196570, and the national grape and lettuce boycott that secured a collective bargaining agreement with table-grape growers, affecting more than 10,000 farm workers. Works from the period of the strike by the Royal Chicano Air Force (RCAF), the UFW Poster Collective, the Chicago Women’s Art Collective, and anonymous artists are on view.

The ongoing work of the 84 year-old human rights activist and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and her foundation are explored along with contemporary works by Barbara Carrasco, Ricardo Duffy, Margaret García, Rupert Garcia, Tony Ortega, and Lalo Alcaraz, and others.

Related Programming

“An Unfinished Dream” Film Screening and Conversation, Sunday, June 8, 2014 | 3pm LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes

“Rape in the Fields” Film Screening and Conversation, Sunday, June 22, 2014 | 3pm, LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes

Printmaking Inspired by Dolores Huerta Art Workshop, Sunday, June 8 & Sunday, June 22, 2014 | 12:30pm, LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes

Credit:This exhibition is inspired by the life and work of Dolores Huerta. It was organized by LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes and David Damian Figueroa, with the generous help of the following institutions and individuals: the Dolores Huerta Foundation, Lori Huerta de León, the Chicano Studies Research Center at UCLA the Center for Ethnic and Multicultural Archives at UCSB, Self-Help Graphics, the Center for the Study of Political Graphics, Barbara Carrasco, and each artist who lent their work to the exhibition. LA Plaza extends its deep appreciation to all those whose ideas and efforts helped to realize the exhibition.

About LA Plaza: LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes is the nation’s premier center of Mexican American culture. Providing an experience unlike any other, LA Plaza’s interactive exhibits and dynamic programs invite visitors of all backgrounds to explore as well as contribute to the ongoing story of Mexican Americans in Los Angeles and beyond. Located near the site where Los Angeles was founded in 1781, LA Plaza’s 2.2-acre campus includes two historic and newly renovated buildings (the Vickrey-Brunswig Building and Plaza House) surrounded by 30,000 square feet of public garden.

The mission of LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes is to celebrate and cultivate an appreciation for the enduring and evolving influence of Mexican and Mexican American culture, with a specific focus upon the unique Mexican American experience in Los Angeles and Southern California.

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, 501 North Main Street, Los Angeles, CA. 90012

Hours: Mon., Wed.-Sun. 12:00am – 7:00pm

Admission: FREE


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