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The Great Wall of Los Angeles: Judith F. Baca's Experimentations in Collaboration and Concrete

CSU Northridge Art Galleries

A view of Judy Baca and mural-makers meeting at the 1940’s section of The Great Wall of Los Angeles titled “David Gonzalez” in progress. Photograph courtesy of SPARC Archive. ©1976 Judith F. Baca

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This exhibit tells the story of the influential 2,754-foot-long Great Wall of Los Angeles mural in the Tujunga Flood Control Channel and explores the history of Baca's innovation.

The Great Wall of Los Angeles is a 2,754 feet foot-long mural that runs along the concrete wall of the Tujunga Flood Control Channel in the heart of the San Fernando Valley. Conceived by artist Judith F. Baca in 1974, the mural depicts crucial moments in California, from its prehistory until the 1950s. CSUN’s University Galleries will present Experiments in Concrete and Collaboration: Judith F. Baca’s Reconfiguring of The Great Wall of Los Angeles after the Escuela Taller Siqueiros, an exhibition examining nearly fifty years of Baca’s mural making methodologies. It will not only highlight The Great Wall of Los Angeles, but also provide a larger context of Baca’s murals by including two seldom seen murals: Uprising of the Mujeres (1979) and Balance (1990) from the traveling installation The World Wall: A Vision of the Future Without Fear (1986 – present).

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October 14, 2017 - December 16, 2017


West LA & Valley







CSU Northridge Art Galleries Website


18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA