Carlos Almaraz

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1940s

1941

Carlos Almaraz is born in Mexico City.

1942

Carlos Almaraz’s family moves to Chicago.

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1950s

1950

Carlos Almaraz’s family moves to Los Angeles.

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1960s

1967

Carlos Almaraz is part of a group exhibition at Otis Art Institute.

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1970s

1970

Carlos Almaraz is included in the group exhibition Four Chicano Artists at CalState, Los Angeles.

1972–74 1972

Carlos Almaraz and Judithe Hernández are friends and classmates at Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles. Almaraz graduates with an MFA in 1974.

1970s 1972

1972

Carlos Almaraz has a solo exhibition at the important Mechicano Art Center. Founded in 1969, the center was originally located on gallery row on La Cienega Boulevard and eventually moves to East LA as an alternative art space for exhibitions, mural programs, and poster workshops.

1972–74 1972

Carlos Almaraz and Judithe Hernández collaborate with El Teatro Campesino and the United Farm Workers as part of Los Four.

1973

Carlos Almaraz, Untitled (This poster is the story of change … ), 1973. Serigraph poster; paper: 25 ½ × 18 in. National Museum of Mexican Art Permanent Collection, gift of Judithe Hernández in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Peter C. Hernández, 2009.20. Photo: NMMA staff.
Cesar Chavez with Carlos Almaraz as he works on a convention mural for United Farm Workers (UFW), 1973. Photo courtesy of the Carlos Almaraz Estate.

1973

Carlos Almaraz cofounds the artist collective Los Four, which later includes Judithe Hernández.

1974

Carlos Almaraz, Roberto de la Rocha, Judithe Hernández, and Frank Romero (Los Four), Untitled (Poster for Self-Help fundraiser), 1974. Serigraph poster; paper: 16 × 11 5/8 in. National Museum of Mexican Art Permanent Collection, gift of Judithe Hernández in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Peter C. Hernández, 2009.25. Photo: NMMA staff.
Group photo of the artists in the exhibition Los Four: Almaraz/ de la Rocha/ Lujan/ Romero at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Feb 26–Mar 24, 1974. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Balch Art Research Library.

1970s 1974

Carlos Almaraz works for Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers as part of Los Four.

1974

Judithe Hernández becomes the fifth and only woman member of Los Four.

1974

Judithe Hernández, as part of Los Four, has an exhibition at Self Help Graphics & Art.

1975

Carlos Almaraz, Por el pueblo “Seguimos luchando”/For the people “we are still fighting”, 1975. Offset print; paper: 8 5/8 × 13 7/8 in. National Museum of Mexican Art Permanent Collection, gift of Judithe Hernández in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Peter C. Hernández, 2009.24. Photo: NMMA staff.

1975

Carlos Almaraz and Judithe Hernández form Concilio de Arte Popular (CAP), an organization that unites Chicano artists throughout California.

1975

Judithe Hernández and Carlos Almaraz codesign the United Farmworkers Mural at the 2nd Constitutional Convention in La Paz, California.

1976

Judithe Hernández and Carlos Almaraz, La Mujer de Aztlán, 1976. Acrylic; 16 × 26 ft. University of Southern California Digital Library. Photo: Robin Dunitz.

1970s 1976

Carlos Almaraz and Judithe Hernández produce several murals in Los Angeles.

1976

Mechicano Art Center invites Judithe Hernández and Carlos Almaraz to create murals at the Ramona Gardens housing project in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles. What results are two joint mural projects, La Adelita and Homenaje a las mujeres de Aztlán.

1977

Carlos Almaraz cofounds Centro de Arte Público on 56th and Figueroa in Los Angeles. Judithe Hernández and other artists share a collective studio there.

1977

Carlos Almaraz is included in the group exhibition The Aesthetic of Graffiti at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

1977

Carlos Almaraz, Judithe Hernández, Leo Limón, and Frank Romero create the collective Ave 43 Mural.

1979

Carlos Almaraz is included in the group exhibition L.A. Parks and Wrecks: Reflects on Urban Life at Otis Art Institute.

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1980s

1981

Carlos Almaraz and Judithe Hernández participate in Murals of Aztlán: The Street Painters of East Los Angeles at the Craft and Folk Art Museum of Los Angeles with other Los Four members.

1983

Carlos Almaraz and Joe Goode are included in the group exhibition L.A. Seen at the University Galleries, University of Southern California.

1983

Carlos Almaraz is included in the group exhibition Miles Above at Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design Gallery.

1984

Carlos Almaraz is included in the group exhibition Automobile and Culture at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA).

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1990s

1990–93 1990

Carlos Almaraz’s work is included in the exhibition Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano LA at MOCA.

1990

José Antonio Aguirre creates It‘s Like the Song, Just Another Op’nin’ Another Show at Self Help Graphics & Art as a tribute to Carlos Almaraz and others who have died of AIDS.

1992

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) organizes the exhibition A Tribute to Carlos Almaraz.

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2000s

2001

Carlos Almaraz is included in the group exhibition Made in California: Art, Image, and Identity, 1900–2000 at LACMA.

2000s 2009

Judithe Hernández donates much of her collection to the National Museum of Mexican Art, including several works by Carlos Almaraz.

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2010s

2011–12 2011

Carlos Almaraz is included in the group exhibition Mapping Another L.A.: The Chicano Art Movement at the Fowler Museum at UCLA.

2017

LACMA organizes the exhibition Playing with Fire: Paintings by Carlos Almaraz.

2017

Carlos Almaraz is included in the group exhibition Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano LA at MOCA.

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