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Making Tamales

(Making Tamales)
Carmen Lomas Garza (b. 1948)
Tamalada (Making Tamales), 1990
Color lithograph
Prints & Photographs Division
Gift/purchase from the artist (204.7)
Digital ID# ppmsca-09899

Artist Carmen Lomas Garza is a key figure in the Chicano movement, a movement--both political and aesthetic--centering on first-person expressions by and about Mexican-Americans living in the United States. Lomas Garza's work revolves largely around her experiences as a Mexican-American growing up in South Texas. Family and community are primary jumping-off points for her images, which describe a rich range of experiences related to Chicano culture and identity. while also speaking of human universals.

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