In September 4, 2010, Cal State Fullerton’s Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana, Ca. held an exhibit “Detras de Las Cortinas,” featuring Orange County Chicano artists.

The exhibit’s name translates to “behind the curtain.” The title of the exhibit is a metaphor in how Orange County is perceived in the eyes of an outsider. In the perception of an outsider that resides outside of Orange County it is easy  to  link Orange County to  Disneyland, South Coast Plaza, and White people. Personally, residing and lingering in Los Angeles County and never venturing out elsewhere leads to those culture-less ideas of Orange County….. Of course I was wrong! Dead wrong.

Click on this photo for direct Spotlight of the exhibit.

Orange County is great and filled with hotspots of culture everywhere! Although I didn’t attend this exhibit, it reveals that the OC has a lot of culture and history pouring out–It is up to the people to venture out,  and get lost in these cultural movements happening all around.

-V.Espitia

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About ocbarrios

Professor for Cal State Fullerton's Barrio Studies class for Fall 2011 semester

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