Asco opens at LACMA
Asco: Elite of the Obscure, A Retrospective, 1972–1987 opened September 4th at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). The exhibition, which is co-organized by Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) and opens here at WCMA February 4th, 2012, is already getting attention in the press with articles in the New York Times and the Huffington Post.
Curated by C. Ondine Chavoya, Williams College associate professor of art and Latina/o studies and Rita Gonzalez, contemporary art curator at LACMA, Asco: Elite of the Obscure, A Retrospective, 1972–1987 is the first retrospective to present the wide-ranging work of the Chicano performance and conceptual art group Asco. Asco (1972–1987) began as a tight-knit core group of artists from East Los Angeles composed of Harry Gamboa Jr., Gronk, Willie Herrón, and Patssi Valdez. Taking their name from the forceful Spanish word for disgust and nausea, Asco used performance, public art, and multimedia to respond to social and political turbulence in Los Angeles and beyond. ASCO remained active until the mid-1980s, contracting and expanding to include Diane Gamboa, Sean Carrillo, Daniel J. Martinez, and Teddy Sandoval, among others. Asco: Elite of the Obscure features video, painting, performance ephemera and documentation, collage, correspondence art, and photography (including their signature No Movies, or invented film stills.)
The exhibition is also a part of Pacific Standard Time, an unprecedented collaboration, initiated by the Getty, bringing together more than sixty cultural institutions from across
Southern California for six months beginning October 2011 to tell the story of the birth of the L.A. art scene.
Above photos by Suzanne Silitch of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, C. Ondine Chavoya and Rita Gonzalez, and the opening reception at LACMA.