Art, culture making, and representation as resistance in the life of Manuel Gregorio Acosta

Susannah Estelle Aquilina, University of Texas at El Paso

Abstract

This dissertation is a biography of Manuel Gregorio Acosta, an iconic Mexican American painter in the twentieth-century U.S.-Mexico borderlands. By gathering oral histories and examining Acosta’s art, my study emphasizes his importance to the cultural changes of El Paso in the post WWII era. Acosta’s biography yields a salient story about Mexican life in the U.S. Southwest and how Chicano/as contributed to American society. By exploring Acosta’s expression of identity and tying his life to the broader border community that he represented, this study seeks to link his individual narrative with a more general comprehension of race, class, and sexuality. Art provided Acosta the agency to navigate the complex world of multiple marginalities addressed in this biography.^

Subject Area

Biographies|Art history

Recommended Citation

Aquilina, Susannah Estelle, "Art, culture making, and representation as resistance in the life of Manuel Gregorio Acosta" (2016). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI10118161.
http://digitalcommons.utep.edu/dissertations/AAI10118161

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