So, around the time the Vietnam War was going on, there was a group of L.A. based Chican@ artists who worked as a collective under the name ASCO - meaning “disgust” in Spanish, which they directed towards much of the art world at the time. They were all great in their own name, most of these people being muralists, but did some really amazing things together, and actually still continue to do so to this day. The group would stage what they would call “Walking Murals,” which some could consider live theater, which involved every member of the group dressing up and basically walking through the streets of L.A. as art (Example 1, Stations of the Cross). They were known as local celebrities, more or less, and worked to bring a sense of pride in themselves, in a time where Hollywood depicted most of their community as criminals; they created a new type of media they refereed to as “No-Movies” where they would bring glamor into their identities. It serves to note, when ASCO tried bringing their artwork to LACMA (an art museum in L.A.), asking why the place didn’t carry artwork by Chican@ artists, the response they got was basically “Chican@’s don’t make art. You vandalize property, join gangs, and spray paint graffiti.” The groups response was to spray paint their names on the side of LACMA’s building with their names, ensuring their presence, then photographing it with one of the members (Patssi). The great thing about this picture? Last year it was one of the photographs on display in LACMA, in a section of the museum specific for ASCO’s work, albeit temporary.