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40 años a la esperanza

August 16, 2019 – March 15, 2020

Through the Harrison and Froebel School walkouts and incited activism between 1968 and 1974, mothers, students and community organizers fought to establish Benito Juárez High School in 1977. This exhibition honors the 1979 mural A la esperanza designed and painted at Benito Juárez High School 40 years ago. Designed by Malú Ortega and Jimmy Longoria, assisted by artists Salvador Vega, Marcos Raya, and Oscar Moya, A la esperanza was a project by Casa Aztlán and elected by the community to be painted outside of Benito Juárez in the summer of 1979. This exhibition illuminates artist interventions of the historical archives, feminist social documentation of the late ‘70s, and the power of public arts education in La dieciocho. A la esperanza is a time traveling reflection of hope and transformation for Mexican Chicago.

Participating Artists

Benito Juarez High School art students, Benito Juarez High School Comic Club (taught by Elvia Rodriguez Ochoa and Steve Vidal), Latino Youth & Community TV Network, Mercedes Corona, Jim Ferguson, Nicole Marroquin, Oscar Moya, Malú Ortega, Marcos Raya, Jose Resendiz, Diana Solís, and Sal Vega, Jimmy Longoria


Sarita Hernández

Organizing Institution

National Museum of Mexican Art

Displayed at

Xicágo Gallery