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The Great Wall of Los Angeles: Judith F. Baca’s Experimentations in Collaboration and Concrete

Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 12:00pm to Saturday, December 16, 2017 - 12:00pm

University Art Galleries, Main Gallery
Judy Baca standing in front of mural
Image Credit: Judith F. Baca, Photograph of The Great Wall of Los Angeles A view of Judy Baca and Mural-makers meeting at the 1940's section titled "David Gonzalez" in progress. Photograph courtesy of SPARC Archive.



The Great Wall of Los Angeles: Judith F. Baca’s Experimentations in Collaboration and Concrete 

As part of the Getty’s initiative Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, the University Art Galleries at California State University Northridge (CSUN) presents Judith F. Baca’s Experiments in Collaboration and Concrete, an exhibition surveying the nearly fifty-year career of CSUN’s alumna Judith F. Baca, Los Angeles’s premiere muralist, mentor, educator, and community activist. It highlights the collaborative processes and aesthetic innovations central to Baca’s The Great Wall of Los Angeles  (begun in 1976), a 2,754 foot-long mural that runs along the concrete wall of the Tujunga Flood Control Channel in the heart of the San Fernando Valley. The Great Wall  which depicts crucial moments in California, from its prehistory until the 1950s, has recently been nominated to the National Register of Historic Places, making the exhibition a unique opportunity to explore the mural’s development over multiple summers (1976, 1978, 1980, 1981, and 1983)


Judith F. Baca’s Experiments in Collaboration and Concrete also examines the largely unwritten history of Baca’s innovations alongside the methodologies that she developed as a result of her residency at the Escuela Taller Siqueiros, a workshop for muralism founded by the legendary Mexican artist David Alfaro Siqueiros. The exhibition extends our understanding of The Great Wall by featuring additional paintings, drawings, sculptural forms, installations, and digital mural projects produced by Baca since 1970. Baca’s widely known but seldom seen 8 x 24 foot portable mural Uprising of the Mujeres (1979) will be on view. The exhibition features materials and ephemera related to Baca’s most recent work, the expansion of The Great Wall into the 1960s and 1970s, which is currently underway. The exhibition is curated Mario Ontiveros, professor of Art History at CSUN.

About Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA

Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA is a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art vin dialogue with Los Angeles. Through a series of thematically linked exhibitions, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA will present a wide variety of important works of art, much of them new to Southern California audiences. While the majority of exhibitions will have an emphasis on modern and contemporary art, there also will be crucial exhibitions about the ancient world and the pre-modern era. With topics such as luxury objects in the pre-Columbian Americas, 20th-century Afro-Brazilian art, alternative spaces in Mexico City, and boundary-crossing practices of Latino artists, exhibitions will range from monographic studies of individual artists to broad surveys that cut across numerous countries. Using the collaborative approach that characterized the original Pacific Standard Time, this new initiative will involve dozens of organizations in Southern California as well as partnershipswith institutions, curators, and scholars in Latin America.

While the exhibitions and publications will focus on the visual arts, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA programs will ultimately expand to touch on music, performance, literature, and even cuisine. Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA will be a multifaceted event that will transform Los Angeles and Southern California for four months, and our understanding of modern and contemporary art forever.

As it did for the first Pacific Standard Time initiative, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA will be accompanied by a robust, multi-platformed communications and marketing campaign targeted at local, national and international audiences.

Major support for The Great Wall of Los Angeles: Judith F. Baca’s Experiments in Collaboration and Concrete is provided through a grant from by the Getty Foundation.

About CSUN Art Galleries

A major art exhibition space in the San Fernando Valley, the CSUN Art Galleries are located just a few miles north of downtown Los Angeles. The Galleries have mounted over 500 exhibitions since 1980 with yearly gallery attendance averaging 25,000 visitors.

Gallery hours:
Noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. on Thursday.

For more information, call the Art Galleries at (818) 677-2156 or visit

Press images are available upon request. Admission to all CSUN Art Galleries exhibitions and programs is free and open to the public.

CSUN Art Galleries
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, California 91330-8299

Exhibitions Dates:
Friday, August 18, 2017 through December 16, 2017
Reception: Saturday, October 15, 2017 |  4-7pm 

CSUN University Art Galleries. Main Gallery

Sponsors logos: Pacific Standard Time:LA/LA, The Getty, Band of America

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