Con Safo

The Chicano Art Group and the Politics of South Texas

Ruben C. Cordova

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  • Published: 2011
  • Subject Listing: Chicano Studies, Art History, American Ethnic Studies
  • Bibliographic information: 110 pp., 17 illus., 6 x 9 in.
  • Distributed for: UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Press
  • Contents

Ruben C. Cordova traces the history of Con Safo, one of the earliest and most significant of the Chicano art groups, from 1968, when it formed as El Grupo, to the mid-1970s, when Con Safo gradually disbanded. Founded by Felipe Reyes, the original group was made up of six San Antonio artists. The fluxuating membership over the decade of the group's existence included Mel Casas, Jose Esquivel, Rudy Treviño, and Roberto Ríos. Although the structure of the original group changed, its mission did not: Con Safo defined possibilities for Chicano art at a time when Chicano culture was largely invisible.

Cordova's painstaking research, which included extensive archival work and interviews with group members and activists, resolves many of the contradictions and fills in many of the gaps that exist in earlier accounts of the group. Con Safo: The Chicano Art Group and the Politics of South Texas is an important resource for anyone interested in Chicano art and Chicano history. The book concludes with reproductions of original documents related to the group, including Casas's "Brown Paper Report."
Ruben C. Cordova is an art historian, curator, and photographer who has taught at UC Berkeley, UT Pan American, UT San Antonio, and Sarah Lawrence College.