Asco, First Supper (After a Major Riot) 1974, 2013
Printed on archival inkjet print on Somerset photosatin 300gsm paper
42 x 59.4cm
Limited Edition of 50
Accompanied by a signed and numbered certificate of authenticity
This edition by Asco was produced by Nottingham Contemporary on the occasion of the exhibition No Movies, 2013. Violence and civil unrest in East LA inspired a number of Asco’s street performances. First Supper (After a Major Riot), 1974, was staged four years after the Chicano Moratorium Committee organised an anti-Vietnam rally that ended with police brutality. Curfews were instigated, and public gatherings forbidden. Patssi Valdez, Gronk, Harry Gamboa Jr, Willie F. Herron III and Humberto Sandoval ate their meal on a traffic island, surrounded by props including a giant baby Jesus. The event took place on Whittier Boulevard, a main road through East LA, where police had opened fire on the crowd four years before. Asco recall passing cars honking their support. All profits raised from the sale of this limited-edition work support Nottingham Contemporary’s free programme of exhibitions, educational activities and research programmes.