ASCO: is spanish for nausea
This video from the PBS Heritage series presents a good (thirteen minute) survey of the Asco group. The artists tell of their background growing up as Chicano youth in East LA in the sixties and the circumstances that led to the formation of Asco. Of the several projects they discuss, one of the most striking moments comes around the ten minute mark, when a young Harry Gamboa Jr. recounts confronting the curator of LACMA on why there were no works by Chicanos in the museum. The curator replies “Oh, Chicanos, they don’t do art, they’re in gangs.” Asco went on to prove him very wrong.