This is the blog for the UCLA Chicana Art & Artists course offered by the Cesar E. Chavez Department of Chicana/o Studies (CSM 175, also Art M184 and World Arts & Cultures M128). This course provides a historical and contemporary overview of Chicana art production with an emphasis on painting, photography, prints, murals and activist art.
The Black Experience is a mural created in the 1970s by a group of black UCLA students. It's located behind Panda Express, which I was oblivious to despite my (unfortunately) frequent visits (my attention was likely diverted to my honey walnut shrimp). It depicts some of the biggest leaders in black history. Not only does this mural show the power of public art in its placement in such a widely-visited part of campus, but it is also a testament to the perseverance of black UCLA students to uncovering the mural from walls put up during renovations.