Death of Rubén Salazar

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Title

Death of Rubén Salazar

Subject

Los Angeles (Calif.); Protest; Police brutality

Description

Romero memorializes Rubén Salazar, a Los Angeles Times journalist and key chronicler of the Chicano civil rights movement. After covering the Chicano Moratorium of 1970, an anti-Vietnam War demonstration, Salazar stopped at the Silver Dollar Café in East LA. Reports of an armed disturbance sent deputies to the scene. A tear-gas projectile shot into the bar killed Salazar instantly. Romero combined references to this tragic day with a vision of the future when Salazar is the subject of a film announced on a theater marquee. The work’s large scale and subject link it with a tradition of grand painting that commemorates events that shaped history.

Creator

Frank Romero

Source

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Publisher

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase made possible in part by the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment

Date

1986

Rights

© 1986, Frank Romero

Format

72 1⁄4 x 120 3⁄8 in. (183.5 x 305.8 cm.)

Type

Painting, Oil on canvas

Identifier

1993.19

Citation

Frank Romero, “Death of Rubén Salazar,” 1970/2020: Chicano Moratorium 50th Anniversary Project, accessed October 5, 2022, https://chicanomoratorium.omeka.net/items/show/107.

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