Phantom Sightings: Art after the Chica Movement is the first comprehensive consideration of Chica art in almost two decades and the largest exhibition of cutting-edge Chica art ever presented at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Traditionally described as work created by Americans of Mexican descent, Chica art first emerged during the vibrant Chica rights movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s. This catalog and exhibition explore the experimental tendencies within today's Chica art, which is oriented less toward painting and polemical assertion and more toward conceptual art, performance, film, photography, and media-based art, as well as 'stealthy' artistic interventions in urban spaces. Three essays by Rita Gonzalez, Howard N. Fox, and Chon A. Noriega explore the topic in depth. With more than two hundred color illustrations, twenty-five individual artist portfolios, and a wryly subversive chrology of significant moments in Chica cultural history, Phantom Sightings: Art after the Chica Movement charts new territory and provides a conceptual sampling of Chica art today.
Rita Gonzalez is Assistant Curator of American art and Howard N. Fox is Curator of contemporary art, both at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Chon A. Noriega is Director of the Chicano Studies Research Center and Professor in the Department of Film, Television and Digital Media at the University of California, Los Angeles.