May 3 – July 27, 2012 at the Vincent Price Art Museum
“I really don’t want to produce artwork that does not have meaning beyond simple decorative values. I want to use public space to create a public voice, and a public consciousness about the presence of people who are, in fact, the majority of the population but who are not represented in any visual way. By telling their stories we are giving voice to the voiceless and visualizing the whole of the American story.”
– Judith F. Baca
“Baca is a native Angeleno, a visual artist, arts activist, community leader and educator. Baca is best known for her large-scale public organizing murals. Her art involves extensive community dialogues and participation. Baca founded the first City of Los Angeles mural program in 1974. In 1976 she founded the Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) in Venice, California. SPARC is a socially relevant, activist minded and spirited organization, at the heart of what it believes is that art is a tool for social change and self-transformation. Baca’s true signature piece is ‘The Great Wall of Los Angeles’. As a site of public memory, The Great Wall is one of Los Angeles’ true cultural landmarks and one of the country’s most respected and largest monuments to inter-racial harmony produced with the participation with over 400 inner city youth, 40 ethnic historians and hundreds of community residents.
To advance the field of muralism, in 1996 Baca created the UCLA/SPARC Cesar Chavez Digital/Mural Lab, a research, teaching and production facility based at SPARC. She serves as a full-time Professor in the UCLA Chicano/a Studies Department and World Arts and Cultures Department.
In 2010 she completed the Cesar Chavez Memorial at San Jose State University, and the Robert F. Kennedy monument at the Old Ambassador Hotel site, which is now the LAUSD K-12 RFK Community School. She is currently working on a digital painted mural for the Richmond Arts Center in Northern California and an interactive digital mural for the Miguel Contreras Learning Complex in downtown Los Angeles.”
© Courtesy of SPARC