First Supper (After a Major Riot), 1974
Printed in 2013 on archival inkjet print on Somerset photosatin 300gsm
42cm x 59.4cm
edition of 50, 3 AP
Violence and civil unrest in East LA inspired a number of Asco’s street performances. First Supper (After a Major Riot), 1974, was staged four years after the Chicano Moratorium Committee organized an anti-Vietnam rally that ended with police brutality. Curfews were instigated and public gatherings forbidden. Patssi Valdez, Gronk, Harry Gamboa Jr, Willie F. Herron III and Humberto Sandoval ate their meal on a traffic island, surrounded by props including a giant baby Jesus. The event took place on Whittier Boulevard, a main road through East LA, where police had opened fire on the crowd four years before. Asco recall passing cars honking their support.
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