Long Live Peace, Onward to Victory
José Cervantes (American, born 20th century)
Mechicano Art Center (American)
DimensionsSheet : 28 1/2 x 22 1/2 in. (72.39 x 57.15 cm)
Mat : 30 x 24 in. (76.2 x 60.96 cm)
Credit LineHope College Collection
LabelEducated at the prestigious Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles, José Cervantes joined the Mechicano Art Center as artist-in-residence in 1970 and remained associated with the Art Center throughout its existence. He designed this print for a 1977 Art Center exhibition that was inspired by popular calendar art. The print features an image of a black eagle with crossed rifles behind it and a white dove superimposed over it. The eagle represents the Mexican and Mexican American people. The guns represent their struggle for equality and justice. The dove represents the peace that awaits at the end of their struggle. The entire print is thus an expression of pride in and encouragement for Chicano political activism.