Break the Grip of the Absentee Landlord

Chicago IL

Lost Murals of Chicago/Break the Grip of the Absentee Landlord
Rebecca Zorach
Written By Rebecca Zorach

Rebecca Zorach teaches and writes on early modern European art (15th-17th century), contemporary activist art, and art of the 1960s and 1970s at Northwestern University. Particular interests include print media, feminist and queer theory, theory of representation, ​​and the multiple intersections of art and politics.

Mark Rogovin came to Chicago in 1968 after studying mural painting with David Siqueiros in Mexico. Inspired by the Wall of Respect, he began painting political murals, working with the Chicago Mural Group as part of the MCA’s Murals to the People exhibition. He founded the Public Art Workshop, a youth art workshop and mural information center on the west side of Chicago.

Created in 1973, the painting technique takes full advantage of the wall’s features to create a dynamic image of the fight of tenants against exploitation by absentee landlords.

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