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East Village Political Art: The Murals of La Lucha Continua

May 23, 2017 @ 6:30 AM - 8:00 PM

La Lucha Continua/The Struggle Continues by Artmakers Collective
Individual murals from left: Nicaragua by Karin Batten, Root of Loisaida by Keith Christensen, African Liberation by Cliff Joseph, Liberté, Egalité, Solidarité by Camille Perrottet,
Sueño by Maria Dominguez. Photo: Camille Perrottet

In 1985, Eva Cockcroft, founder of Artmarkers Inc., gathered together 34 “artists of conviction” to create 26 political murals on four buildings overlooking the then neglected La Plaza Cultural community garden (Avenue C, between East 8th & 9th Streets). Known as La Lucha Continua The Struggle Continues, the murals addressed six themes: gentrification, police brutality, immigration, feminism, and opposition to U.S. interventions in Central America and apartheid in South Africa.

Today, the garden is thriving. But while the issues that inspired La Lucha remain of deep concern, only two of the murals remain, their paint cracked and faded.

Join Jane Weissman – Artmakers member, mural historian, and exhibition curator – to discuss the vital role these murals played in the community.  We’ll explore the social, political, and cultural context in which the murals were created, looking at the neighborhood today and how the issues the murals addressed have remained and evolved.


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