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.
Look around Pilsen today and you will see magnificent walls bursting with color wherever you look. Mario Castillo worked with students on this mural, one of the first Chicano murals in Chicago, painted in 1969.
Unlike most murals of the time, this one is an abstract design, but it still carries cultural meaning: the design was inspired by the Mexican muralists of a generation earlier and by indigenous imagery of the Americas.