Experience East Los Angeles
Can’t afford a vacation to L.A.? Plan a stay-cation this Spring and experience East Los Angeles right here in the Berkshires. First, visit the exhibition Asco: Elite of the Obscure at the Williams College Museum of Art. Then, catch Los Lobos on April 5 at MASS MoCA. Two museums, just a few miles apart in Williamstown and North Adams, are highlighting Chicano art and music, and the results are an inspiring journey through the turbulent politics of Southern California in the 70s.
Asco: Elite of the Obscure features the performance, public art, and multimedia work of the Chicano conceptual art group Asco. Asco began as a tight-knit group of artists from East L.A. composed of Harry Gamboa, Jr., Gronk, Willie F. Herrón III, and Patssi Valdez. The exhibition is on view at the Williams College Museum of Art through July 29. The museum is free to the public and open Tuesdays through Sundays.
Los Lobos will perform in MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center on Thursday, April 5, at 8 pm in a “standing room only” show. Drinks from the MASS MoCA bar, as well as dinner and snacks from Lickety Split, are available during the show. Tickets for the performance are $29 in advance and $35 the day of the show. MASS MoCA members receive a 10% discount. Tickets are available through the MASS MoCA Box Office, located off Marshall Street in North Adams, which is open 11 am to 5 pm, closed Tuesdays. Tickets can be charged by phone at 413.662.2111 or purchased at www.massmoca.org.
Asco, Instant Mural, 1974, color photograph by Harry Gamboa, Jr. Courtesy of the artist. © Asco; photograph © 1974 Harry Gamboa, Jr._x250