"Las Tres Marías" by Judith Baca, 1976
Baca’s large installations and community murals explore racial and gender stereotypes
With the arrival of feminism in the 1960s and 1970s, the widely held assumption that women couldn’t be professional artists changed radically, altering the world of contemporary art. In Los Angeles's burgeoning art scene, artist Judith Baca merged innovative individual practice and feminist concerns with efforts to build community among Latinx artists and audiences. Baca’s "Las Tres Marías" (1976), which features life-sized drawings flanking a mirror, invites viewers to see themselves in relation to two defiant Chicana urban personas, a zoot-suited 1950s pachuca and a 1970s chola.