Oral history interview with Frank Romero, 1997 Jan. 17-Mar. 2 [sound recording].

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Oral history interview with Frank Romero, 1997 Jan. 17-Mar. 2 [sound recording].

An interview of Frank Romero conducted 1997 Jan. 17-Mar. 2, by Jeffrey Rangel, for the Archives of American Art, in Romero's studio in Los Angeles, Calif. Romero discusses his growing up in East Los Angeles and his large extended family; his earliest art studies in the public schools; attending the Otis Art Institute where he studied with Joe Mugnaini and had contact with Millard Sheets and Peter Voulkos; the "very polyglut culture" of East Los Angeles; the influences of television, western movies, rock-and-roll, and rhythm and blues on his early musical/artistic taste; time spent in New York; returning to Los Angeles in 1969; and his marriage and family. He describes his move into Carlos Almaraz's house which became the informal meeting place of the artist group Los Four (Almaraz, Romero, Gilbert Sanchez Lujan, and Roberto "Beto" de la Rocha); the Los Four show at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1974; and the stylistic aesthetics of Los Four. Romero describes the "boys club" nature of Chicano art centers; his contributions to the Chicano art movement; his relationship to the Chicano/Mexican culture and mainstream U.S. culture; murals done by members of Los Four for the Inner City Mural Program; his work for the Metropolitan Transit Authority; the Murals of Aztlan exhibit in 1981 at the Craft and Folk Art Museum; and his shows at the ARCO Center for the Visual Arts. He concludes with his assessment of the Chicano arts movement, the relationship between economic and art cycles, and the role of the more established artists to those of a younger generation.

Sound recordings: 5 sound cassettes (4 1/2 hr.) : analog.Transcript: 99 p.

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SNAC Resource ID: 8205844

Archives of American Art

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Almaraz, Carlos

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Sheets, Millard, 1907-1989

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Painter, educator, designer, mural painter; California; d. 1989. From the description of Millard Sheets interviews, 1986 Oct.-1988 July [sound recording]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 80032848 From the description of Oral history interview with Millard Sheets, 1986 Oct.-1988 July [sound recording]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 646398429 Watercolorist, painter, muralist, educator, architectural designer; California; b. 1907; d. 1989. Grad...

Sanchez Luján, Gilbert.

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Rocha, Roberto de la

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Mugnaini, Joseph A.

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