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THE ACCIDENTAL ARCHIVES OF THE ROYAL CHICANO AIR FORCE. Stephanie Sauer. University of Texas Press, Austin, 2016. The William & Bettye Nowlin Series in Art, History and Culture of the Western Hemisphere. 160 pp. with 138 ills. (132 col.). 24 x 21 cm. LC 2015-24076 ISBN 9781477308707 In English.
Publisher's description: How do you write a history of a group that has been written out of history? In The Accidental Archives of the Royal Chicano Air Force, world-famous archaeologist La Stef and the clandestine Con Sapos Archaeological Collective track down the "facts" about the elusive RCAF, the Rebel Chicano Art Front that, through an understandable mix-up with the Royal Canadian Air Force, became the Royal Chicano Air Force. La Stef and her fellow archaeologists document the plight and locura que cura of the RCAF, a group renowned for its fleet of adobe airplanes, ongoing subversive performance stance, and key role as poster makers for the United Farm Workers Union during the height of the Chicano civil rights movement. As the Con Sapos team uncovers tensions between fact and fiction in historical consciousness and public memory, they abandon didactic instruction and strive instead to offer a historiography in which various cultural paradigms already intersect seamlessly and on equal ground.
Artist(s):Royal Chicano Air Force (artist collective)
Indexing: Western — United States, California and Hawaii — Post-1970 — Several Media — Other American Minority Artists
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 170301
Hardcover $39.95    

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