In our first session at Interference Archives we didn’t touch upon artists of color in the fight against racism in our educational system. Here are some people and events to add to the 60s/70s timelines:
Before forming Asco, artist Harry Gamboa Jr. along with Carlos Montes of the Brown Berets and others helped launched the LA Chicano Blowouts at several high schools in Los Angeles 1968. Similarly on the east coast the Black and Puerto Rican students marched side-by-side to fight against racism in the NY City University system the following year 1969. In both cases changes in curriculum and admission policies were put in place.
And finally, let’s not forget the United Black Artists who protested School of Visual Arts in 1970 as well! Photo below by Jan Van Raay. More photos from this protest from Jan Van Raay on Flickr.