Judith F. Baca


Anna Indych-López

2018 International Latino Book Awards: 1st Place, Best Latino Focused Book Design; 2nd Place, Best Arts Book; 2nd Place, Best Latina Themed Book

2018 Independent Publisher Book Awards: Silver Medal, Multicultural Non-Fiction Adult


Behind the fascinating public artist’s practice of collaboration

Anna Indych-López explores Judith F. Baca’s oeuvre, from early murals painted with local gang members in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles to the Great Wall of Los Angeles (1976–83) to more recently commissioned works. Throughout, Indych-López assesses what she calls Baca’s “public art of contestation” and discusses how ideas of collaboration and authorship and issues of race, class, and gender have influenced and sustained Baca’s art practice. 

Judith F. Baca is best known for the Great Wall of Los Angeles


Independent Publisher Book Awards Silver Medal for Adult Multicultural Non-Fiction

International Latino Book Awards: 1st Place, Best Latino Focused Book Design; 2nd Place, Best Arts Book; 2nd Place, Best Latina Themed Book

Anna Indych-López is associate professor of art history at The City College of New York and The Graduate Center, CUNY, specializing in Latin American modernisms and Latin American and Latinx contemporary art. She is author of Muralism without Walls: Rivera, Orozco and Siqueiros in the United States, 1927–1940 and co-author of Diego Rivera: Murals for The Museum of Modern Art

This publication fills a gap in the critical literature by considering Baca's prominent place in the history of Latinx, feminist, and public art as well as the broader narrative of art history.