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Bonus Open Studio | Dále Gas: Art Making and Writing

In celebration of the 45th anniversary of the 1977 exhibition, Dále Gas: An Exhibition of Contemporary Chicano Art, create a three-dimensional collage with text, poetry, drawing, and images to express your pride and representation for your community.

Join us for a bonus Open Studio in honor of Dále Gas: An Exhibition of Contemporary Chicano Art. Learn more about the Chicano Movement, which inspired the art and writing in Dále Gas, through archival images and literature from the exhibition and collage making at the Museum.

Location and Accessibility

This Open Studio will take place in the Cullen Education Resource Room, located in the Museum’s lower-level Nina and Michael Zilka Gallery. Social distancing and face masks are encouraged to be worn throughout the event. If there are questions or concerns regarding safety or accessibility, please contact

About the Exhibition

Opened at CAMH on August 20, 1977, Dále Gas: An Exhibition of Contemporary Chicano Art was the first major museum exhibition of Chicano art in Texas. The exhibition brought together the work of thirteen artists: Mel Casas, Jose Esquivel, Frank Fajardo, Carmen Lomas Garza, Luis Jiménez, Cesar Augusto Martinez, Amado Peña, Roberto Rios, José Rivera, Joe Bastida Rodriguez, Jesus (Jesse) Treviño, George Truan, and Santos Martinez, Jr., Chief Curator of CAMH at the time.

“This exhibition identifies for a large public a significant number of artists and writers in Texas, consistent with the Museum’s policy of giving serious visibility to the divergent aesthetic trends within the state,” wrote James Harithas, Director of CAMH at the time. “The participants are shown together; their work springs from shared socio-political beliefs which focus more cogently on the endurance and strength of their lifestyle and roots rather than on the racial and economic oppression which they have endured. The purpose of [Dále Gas] is to provide the people of Texas with a deep insight into the new and growing Chicano sensibility which establishes a humanistic, socially oriented aesthetic.”