Elite of the Obscure. A Retrospective, 1972-1987

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Elite of the Obscure. A Retrospective, 1972-1987

Text(s) by Deborah Cullen, Colin Gunckel, David E. James, Amelia Jones, David Román, Ramón García, Michelle Habell-Pallán, Josh Kun, Chon A. Noriega, Maris Bustamante, C. Ondine Chavoya, Rita González, Jesse Lerner, Mario Ontiveros, Tere Romo, Raúl Villa, graphic design by Shiffman & Kohnke, ed. C. Ondine Chavoya, Rita Gonzalez


2011. 432 pp., 267 ills.


20.90 x 24.70 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-3003-7

Design award of the New York Books Show 2011 and winner in the New England Museum Association Publication Competition 2012

The first retrospective on the performance and conceptual art group

This volume presents the multifaceted work of the Chicano performance and conceptual art group Asco (1972–87), which began as a tight-knit company of artists from East Los Angeles around Harry Gamboa Jr., Gronk, Willie Herrón, and Patssi Valdez. Asco set about through performance, public art, and multimedia to respond to turbulent sociopolitical times in Los Angeles, actions that ran parallel to the larger international context. Geographically and culturally segregated from the still nascent Los Angeles contemporary art scene and aesthetically at odds with the emerging Chicano art movement, Asco united to explore and exploit the broad spectrum of the conceptual. The publication provides a panoramic view of Asco’s nearly twenty years of artistic output through reproductions of previously unpublished art works, critical essays by art historians, and historical documents.

Exhibition schedule: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, September 4–December 4, 2011| Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA, February 4–July 29, 2012 | NEMA Annual Conference, Burlington, November 7–9, 2012

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