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Raspados Mojados

34 x 54 x 24 in. (86.36 x 137.16 x 60.96 cm)

Judy Baca (aka Judith Francisca Baca) (Huntington Park, California , 1946 – )

Object Type: Sculpture
Medium and Support: Mixed media (vendor's cart, wood, acrylic, metal and ceramic)
Credit Line: Museum purchase with funds contributed by Tom and Polly Bredt, in honor of the San Jose Museum of Art's 35th anniversary
Accession Number: 2004.19


Evergreen: Art from the Collection, July 23, 2022 – ongoing, Historic Wing Davies Gallery, San José Museum of Art.

Judy Baca Retrospective: Memorias de Nuestra Tierra, July 2021 – January 2022, Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), Long Beach, CA.

Variations on a Theme
, May 23, 2009 - February 7, 2010, New Wing, Second Floor, Central Skylight Gallery, San José Museum of Art. (Included in Part II: August 1, 2009-February 7, 2010.)

Visual Politics: The Art of Engagement, November 20, 2005 - March 5, 2006, New Wing, First Floor, Gibson Family Gallery and Plaza Gallery, San José Museum of Art. Circulated to: Katzen Art Center at American University, Washington, DC, April 9-July 29, 2006.

It's About Time: Celebrating 35 Years, October 3, 2004 - February 13, 2005, New Wing, Gibson Family Gallery and Plaza Gallery, First Floor, San José Museum of Art.

Judy Baca: Memorias de Nuestra Tierra, a Retrospective, July 10, 2021 - March 27, 2022, Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, CA.

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Variations on a Theme (2009-2010)

Best known for her socially relevant Los Angeles murals, Judy Baca’s rare stand-alone sculpture, Raspados Mojados, addresses the complex histories of Mexican labor in California from the late 1880s to the present. The base of the sculpture is an actual shaved-ice street-vendor’s cart. Each side of the cart illustrates a political or historical event that has significantly shaped the lives of Mexican laborers: early Mexican segregation and the creation of the first barrios in Los Angeles; the repatriation of nearly 400,000 Mexicans and Mexican-Americans in the 1930s; the Bracero Program, which brought workers into the United States as short-term contractors in 1943; and “operation wetback,” which deported undocumented workers from the Southwestern United States in 1954.

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