Aztlán to Magulandia: the Journey of Chicano Artist Gilbert ‘Magu’ Luján

Exhibition dates: October 7 – December 16, 2017

UC Irvine’s University Art Galleries (UAG) will present the first survey of one of the most iconic figures of the Chicano art movement, Gilbert “Magu” Luján (1940–2011) and an accompanying publication. One of the founding members of the Chicano artists collective Los Four, Luján is known for his coloration and visual explorations of… [Read More]

About Gilbert “Magu” Luján

Not many men are given to be notable cultural pioneers as well as prolific and endlessly inventive artists in their own right. Count this one man, Gilbert “Magu” Lujan, among them. He is first and foremost an artist. Visit his studio, and you’ll be witness to the spectacle of a teeming, vibrant output of art works in a stunning variety of media—from assemblages of sticks and twigs to whimsical ceramic sculptural objects and a plethora of prints and canvases. This is the heart of Magulandia. [Read More]

Magulandia: A human experience

Evan A. Senn

edited by Joanna Roche

In 1974, the art world met Gilbert “Magu” Lujan in a way that no one can forget. The LACMA exhibition of Los Four that year would not be the first time Magu had changed—and challenged—our collective understanding of art and culture in Southern California and it most certainly wouldn’t be the last. Bridging the gap between different cultures in the same community and igniting a worldwide cultural awakening, Magu’s endeavors in artistic expression and his work with Los Four helped define what Chicano art was then and is today. Throughout his long career, Magu has been committed to learning the tools and terms of the artist’s trade, which he has wielded in a range of art venues, from the streets to the Smithsonian, to demonstrate the power of Chicano art. [Read More]