Colors used: 1. Gray, 2. Dark Red/ Vermillion, 3. Opaque Aqua Transaqua (sic.), 5, Bluegreen, 6. Opaque Moss Green, 7. Red/Gray, 8. White, 9. magenta, 10. Process Blue.Image of a cactus resting on a male bust with his hands holding his collar. The cactus contains photo images of five generations; documentation of two cultures. "Best of Two Worlds acknowledges the contributions fo five generations and two cultures in the formation of yet a third culture, the Mexican-American. Parents watched some of their offspring die, other become war heroes, and others edged into the U.S. under difficult circumstances during the Mexican Revolution. But those who come to the U.S. brought Mexican-born children who were destined to parent the first generation of Mexican-Americans. These three generations formulated the passionate Mexican-American heritage. But the Mexican-American was to enter his own revolution: to fight for his identity; to establish his values in a country which differed in culture and in values from the three generations that had preceded him. Now the fifth generation has to respond to a new-age culture: electronics, space, sex, materialism, Ronald Reagan, etc. Like the cactus which supports the eagle on the Mexican flag, they are all undeniably Mexican-rooted!" J. Perez.
Chicano activists of the 1960s were concerned with reclaiming their pre-Columbian, Native American, and Mexican cultural identities, and their movement led to an increased understanding of Chicano identity in a historical, binational, and bicultural context. This unit uses the prints of Self Help Graphics, an East Los Angeles gallery and community art center that emerged from the Chicano movement, to explore the culture and community of the Chicano movement in California.