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Over 40 Years of Los Angeles, Via the Photography of George Rodriguez ~ A Preview of the New ‘Double Vision’ Exhibit at at ELAC’s VPAM

10:03 AM PDT on October 11, 2019

    [dropcap size=big]W[/dropcap]e last brought you the work of George Rodriguez in April of last year, when his landmark career-overview book, Double Vision: The Photography of George Rodriguez was published. That book has now become an exhibit of the same name at the Vincent Price Art Museum at East Los Angeles College in Monterey Park. It's the first career retrospective for Rodriguez, and spans over 40 years of images from the Chicano civil rights movement, Hollywood celebrity circles, music, sports, and entertainment scenes, to everyday urban life.

    “When I first saw George’s work I was floored,” says exhibition curator Josh Kun, who also edited the book.“Not only for how much depth was there in connection to Los Angeles history but the incredible breadth. Did the same photographer really take all of these pictures? Why was his work so unknown compared to other photographers? His archive really flies in the face of so many of the cultural divisions that often frame the way L.A. history is presented.”

    Our recommendation is to go see this show, which opens on October 19th. The book is a testament to an amazing artist, and a valuable piece of Los Angeles history, but the chance to see these images in person in a museum setting will be special. In the meantime, please enjoy this online gallery of some of Rodriguez's best-known photographs, and re-read our feature from last year.

    Vincent Price Art Museum
    East Los Angeles College
    1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez
    Monterey Park, CA 91754-6099

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