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Asco: Elite of the Obscure Symposium

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Published on Jun 29, 2012

Asco: Elite of the Obscure Symposium
Saturday, March 3, 2012

Keynote Address: Amalia Mesa-Bains, artist, cultural critic, and Professor Emerita of Visual and Public Art at California State University, Monterey Bay

This symposium, hosted by the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA), brings together artists and scholars to discuss the wide-ranging work of the Chicano performance and conceptual art group Asco. Asco began as a tight-knit core group of artists from East Los Angeles composed of Harry Gamboa, Jr., Gronk, Willie F. Herrón III, and Patssi Valdez. Taking their name from the forceful Spanish word for disgust and nausea, Asco used performance, public art, and multimedia to respond to social and political turbulence in Los Angeles and beyond. The exhibition Asco: Elite of the Obscure, A Retrospective, 1972--1987, on view at WCMA February 4--July 29, 2012, was organized by WCMA and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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