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Judith F. Baca: The World Wall

Judith F. Baca © 1990, World Wall: A Vision of the Future Without Fear, "Triumph of the Hearts" 1990 panel by Judith F. Baca, one of nine panels from the World Wall: A Vision of the Future Without Fear. Image courtesy of the SPARC Archives SPARCinLA.org.

Judith F. Baca: The World Wall

Celebrated Chicana muralist Judith F. Baca began her collaborative, portable mural The World Wall: A Vision of the Future Without Fear in 1990. An ambitious, utopian, and international project, The World Wall is rooted in the philosophy that in order to achieve world peace, we must first be able to envision it. Baca painted the first four ten-by-thirty-foot canvas panels; as the work traveled abroad, between 1990 and 2014, artists and community groups from Finland, Russia, Israel and Palestine, Mexico, and Canada contributed five additional panels, employing figurative and symbolic visual vocabularies to depict a vision of the future without fear. All nine panels will be shown at MOCA in an enveloping, cathedral-like installation, marking the first complete presentation of this monumental project in the artist’s hometown of Los Angeles. Pointing to the legacies of both the Chicano arts movement of the 1970s and Mexican muralism movement of the 1920s, this timely exhibition considers the visionary role of activist-artists in imagining a peaceful future for us all.

Admission to Judith F. Baca: The World Wall is free as part of MOCA’s Art for All initiative.

Judith F. Baca: The World Wall is organized by Anna Katz, Curator, with Anastasia Kahn, Curatorial Assistant, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

Exhibitions at MOCA are supported by the MOCA Fund for Exhibitions with generous funding provided by Judith Angerman, Earl and Shirley Greif Foundation, Nathalie Marciano and Julie Miyoshi.