Price: $310.00

    Code: 2342

    Directed by Michel Fraser
    2008, 60 Minutes
    Purchase: $310 | Classroom Rental: $125

    A rich historical record of Chicano art, life and culture since WWII, A Life in Print is a profile of printmaker Xavier Viramontes, one of the most influential artists of our time and a founding member of Galeria de la Raza. His iconoclastic silk screen poster, "Boycott Grapes," for Cesar Chavez and the United Farmworkers rallied a nation and sparked the Chicano movement in art.

    Featuring interviews with art historians, artists, curators, and contemporary colleagues, and complemented by wonderful archival photographs, film and video footage, the documentary showcases Viramontes at work in his studio and beautifully illustrates the various influences on his artistic output - from the political to the personal, tradition, personal identity, community and the rituals of a Chicano family.

    A Life in Print also explores the history of Galeria de la Raza, its origins and impact on the Chicano Movement as well as providing rare access to the technically complex and artistically challenging process of multiple plate etchings. From his studio at one of the country's largest printmaking departments at City College of San Francisco, Xavier provides an in-depth demo of the entire printmaking process taking the viewer step by step from concept to a completed hand-pulled print.

    "Boycott Grapes" is in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American Art in Washington D.C., and the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque New Mexico. Xavier's artwork is also in the permanent collection of the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, IL.

    Bonus Material
    • Image Gallery: Comprehensive image library of all the art work of the 50+ artists included in the documentary.
    • Demo & Tutorial: Multiple plate etching tutorial from concept of a drawing the the completion of a hand-pulled print.
    • Xavier Viramontes Gallery: showcase of Xavier's paintings, hand-pulled prints, billboards and calendario's

    Subjects & Collections


    “Highly recommended for all libraries. Filmmaker Michel Fraser swings for the fences and knocks one out of the park with this loving portrayal of San Francisco printmaker Xavier Viramontes… it all coalesces into a quietly powerful yet visceral reminder of why art matters, and how it can change lives. A very strong contender for the best DVD release of 2009, bar none.” - Educational Media Reviews Online