New Santa Fe Museum Struggles With Displacing a Historic Chicano Mural

Morgan Lee  / Associated Press

A piece of the “Multi-Cultural” mural whose creation was headed by artist Gilberto Guzman is seen in Santa Fe, N.M., on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019. The iconic Chicano mural painted by Mexican-American artists is scheduled for destruction in 2020 to make way for a new contemporary museum, generating a debate about gentrification and whose culture state and city officials are seeking to preserve. Morgan Lee / Associated Press

Skift Take: If this Chicano mural is going away, the new contemporary art museum had better not just preserve its memory but instead fill its halls with today’s Chicano artists, Native artists, and other underrepresented voices.

— Sarah Enelow-Snyder

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