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Cumpleanos de Lala y Tudi

20th Century
21 1/2 in. x 29 1/2 in. (54.61 cm x 74.93 cm)

Carmen Lomas Garza, American, b. 1948

Object Type: Works on Paper
Creation Place: North America, United States, California
Medium and Support: Lithograph on paper
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. John C. Sigourney [Mary Singleton], BA 1949 in Honor of Dr. Georgiana Melvin, Dr. Francis Herrick, Dr. Elizabeth Pope, Dr. Alfred Neumeyer, and Mr. Sasha Lieberman, By Exchange
Accession Number: 1994.13
Carmen Lomas Garza was born and raised in Texas near the Mexican-United States border and arrived in San Francisco in 1976. She is renowned for her narrative scenes of Chicanx/Mexican traditions. She has stated that the narrative nature of her images not only creates a sense of familiarity for Chicanx viewers, but also creates dialogue and teaches those who may be unfamiliar with the scenes she depicts. The San Francisco Bay Area has long been a cultural center for Latinx people. As of the 2010 Census, the Hispanic or Latino community makes up 23.5% of the Bay Area’s population.

In Cumpleanos de Lala y Tudi, Lomas Garza paints a narrative scene of a birthday celebration. Family and friends of various generations are depicted around a young girl in the process of hitting a piñata. While this work does not explicitly state what geographic location this image depicts, its universality allows an interpretation of the scene that can easily take place in the Bay Area.

--Janin Escobedo-Garcia, December 2019

Exhibition List
This object was included in the following exhibitions:

  • Frame Dimensions: 26 3/4 in. x 36 3/4 in. x 1 1/4 in. (67.95 cm x 93.35 cm x 3.18 cm)
  • Image Dimensions: 21 1/2 x 29 1/2 in. (54.61 x 74.93 cm)

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