Accession Number


Enrique Chagoya

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
color lithograph, woodcut, chine collé, and collage

7 1/2 in. x 92 in. ( 19 cm x 233.7 cm )

Credit Line
Museum Purchase made possible by the Jean Paul Slusser Memorial Fund

Label copy
March 28, 2009
Born in Mexico City, Chagoya emmigrated to the United States in 1977 and belongs to the generation of Chicano artists who emerged in Southern California’s burgeoning art scene of that era. A master printmaker, Chagoya likes to exploit the medium’s historical connections to mass-produced political propaganda as well as its ability to broadly spread his own messages and stories. Through a process of what he terms “reverse anthropology,” Chagoya cannibalizes material from a wide range of art historical, political, and pop culture sources and positions them alongside traditional and religious images from his native Mexico. The result is a highly personal kaleidoscope of imagery that allows Chagoya to recraft histories. “My codex books,” he explains, “are based on the idea that history is told by those who win wars. Previous historical accounts are erased, destroyed, or buried in oblivion. A new official story is invented in order to justify the new reality of events…I decided to invent my own account of many possible stories—from Cortez to the border patrol—in my own visual language.”

Primary Object Classification
Mixed Media

Primary Object Type

Additional Object Classification(s)

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

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Political and social issues
cartoons (humorous images)
folk art (traditional art)
historical figures
political art
popular culture
satire (artistic device)

55 Related Resources

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(Part of 2 Learning Collections)
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(Part of 4 Learning Collections)
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(Part of 3 Learning Collections)
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(Part of: Understanding Race)
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(Part of 4 Learning Collections)
Enrique Chagoya: Flipping Europe on its Head
(Part of 8 Learning Collections)
Heroes and Superheroes
(Part of: Resources Made by Isabel Engel)
W19 Marchalonis - ARTDES 235 - Introduction to Printmaking
(Part of: Resources Made by Isabel Engel)
Su19 Seoul National University Visit
(Part of: Resources Made by Isabel Engel)
Graphic and composition
(Part of: Design)
Celebration of Mexican Heritage and Culture
(Part of: Resources Made by Isabel Engel)
Enrique Chagoya - UtopianCannibal.org (full contents)
(Part of: Resources Made by Isabel Engel)

& Author Notes

All Rights Reserved

On display

UMMA Gallery Location ➜ AMH, 1st floor ➜ 103 (Marvin H. Davidson Gallery)