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Counterspectacles Counterspectacles

Counterspectacles

by Suzy Halajian

Counterspectacles Asco’s ephemeral actions reconfigured the patterns of public space. Stations of the Cross (1971) was the East Los Angeles collective’s first public spectacle: a walking mural along a one-mile stretch of Whittier Boulevard in East Los Angeles, performed on Christmas Eve. It was also Asco’s earliest attempt at reclaiming the streets. The act served as a theatrical, public protest against the

First Supper (After A Major Riot), ©1974, Harry Gamboa Jr. Counterspectacles Asco’s ephemeral actions reconfigured the patterns of public space. Stations of the Cross (1971) was the East Los Angeles collective’s first public spectacle: a walking mural along a one-mile stretch of Whittier Boulevard in East Los Angeles, performed on Christmas Eve. It was also Asco’s earliest attempt at reclaiming the