Curtis says LA was once viewed as the mural capital of the world. And yet, at a time when street art is more revered than ever (works by the English artist Banksy go for more than $1 million at auction), the Chicano murals of LA aren't given the same respect.

    Curtis says, "It speaks to the collective value that we place on artworks based on who is making them. ... Within this community, this work is valued, but often outside this community it's not seen in the same way and not regarded in the same way. There are methods, like this sort of communal work, that Chicano artists were doing years before it became popular in the broader art world."

    LA's Chicano muralists fought back against this very culture of exclusion: They weren't let into museums, so they made art where they could.


Trust NPR to get their panties in a twist over 40-year-old street art being covered up by new, modern street art.

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