A man in an orange shirt similar to that of a prison uniform raises his arm high, holding a bag of oranges, while walking the streets of California. The raised arm is comparable to the raised fist, a symbol of political resistance. The ubiquitous street vendor has been a common focal point in Oscar Magallanes’s work. While street vendors are regularly scapegoated by political commentators for hurting the economy, Magallanes sees them as the "hardest workers" and often the most disenfranchised.
A Chicano artist from Los Angeles, Magallanes is the son of migrant farmworkers. He uses his history and identity as a resource to inspire his work.
From the 2022 exhibition A DREAM Deferred: Undocumented Immigrants and the American Dream, A Space for Dialogue 106, curated by Yliana Beck, '22 Conroy Intern
Art History 40.05, Latino Studies 12.01, Print the Revolution, Mary Coffey, Spring 2023
A Space for Dialogue 106, A DREAM Deferred: Undocumented Immigrants and the American Dream, Yliana Beck, Class of 2022, Conroy Intern, Alvin P. Gutman Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, April 30 - June 18, 2022.
Booklyn Artists Alliance, Brooklyn, New York; sold to present collection, 2013.
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