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Neighborhood Trail: Pilsen Mosaics

Since the late 1960s, Pilsen has been a hub of the Mexican muralist movement in America. Pilsen murals have long melded expression of religious and cultural identity with calls for social justice, beginning with Mario Castillo’s “Peace or Metafisico” mural in 1968. Often narrative and magical realist in nature, there is also abstraction to be found in the vast collection of local murals accrued over the decades. The scene has nurtured such prominent artists as Hector Duarte, Francisco Mendoza, Jeff Maldonado, Aurelio Diaz, Gabriel Villa, and many more. Today, the neighborhood boasts murals and mosaics of great stylistic diversity splashed on houses, schools, alleyways, doors, CTA stations, and along a railway viaduct. For this trail, we focus exclusively on mosaics as an important and under-acknowledged variation on the painted mural. Photo by Anna Munzesheimer

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