George Rodriguez: Double Vision at the Vincent Price Art Museum

George Rodriguez: Double Vision


Image credit: George Rodriguez, NWA posing with Larie and Keen, 1990. Gelatin silver print. Courtesy of the artist.

Show Runs: October 19, 2019 – February 29, 2020

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 19, 2019

5:00 – 7:00 PMVincentPrice

George Rodriguez: Double Vision is the first career retrospective of photographer George Rodriguez, spanning over four decades of images including civil rights activism, popular culture, and everyday urban life. The exhibition features work from all aspects of Rodriguez’s career, following his practice across commercial photography, photojournalism, record label publicity, red carpet photography, civil rights documentary, and celebrity portraiture from the late 1950s through the early 1990s.

Rodriguez’s photographs of Los Angeles and its multiple communities represent an uncommon convergence of Hollywood celebrity culture and Chicano social movements. As Rodriguez documented Hollywood figures and the burgeoning music careers of Johnny Rivers, Van Morrison, The Jackson 5, Aretha Franklin, Jimi Hendrix, Mothers of Invention, and N.W.A., he also photographed important social justice mobilizations in East Los Angeles, the Central Valley, and South Los Angeles, including the United Farm Workers movement, the East Los Angeles Walkouts, the Chicano Moratorium, and the 1992 Los Angeles Uprising. Rodriguez captured defining moments in American cultural and political history, while simultaneously navigating seemingly disparate worlds.


George Rodriguez (b. 1937) is an American photographer raised in South Central and Downtown Los Angeles. A student of acclaimed Hollywood photographer Sid Avery and a contemporary of Dennis Hopper, Rodriguez is one of the great visual documentarians of Los Angeles and the cultural complexities of Mexican American life. His photographs are part of the permanent collections of the Mexican American Legal Defense Education Fund (MALDEF) and the Smithsonian Institution, and have been exhibited at the Grammy Museum at L.A. Live, Museum of Latin American Art, National Chavez Center, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, and the Smithsonian Latino Center, among others.

Learn more about George Rodriguez at Whittier Artists


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Photography by Whittier Artist George Rodriguez 8th Annual Group Show: ART-rageous!

Join Us for Eighth Annual Group Show
Ten Amazing Local Artists, in a variety of media – ART-rageous!
Show Runs: July 13 – 23, 2016
Reception: July 16th, 2016 4-7pm

Featured Artists:

Donna Larson
Wendy DeLeon
Wendy Casalicchio
George Rodriguez
Marty Wilson
Lisa Keffer-Ruiz
Holly Overin
Jay Gould
Maud Aretz
Vicki Schramm

Whittier Art Gallery, 8035 Painter Ave., Whittier, CA 90602
Gallery Hours: Wed – Sun, 1-6pm

Whittier artist emerges from shadow of her sister Georgia O’Keeffe

Ida O’Keeffe, sister of Georgia O’Keeffe, called Whittier home for many years. Read the full article in the Whittier Daily News: 

Whittier Art Gallery President Vicki Schramm shows a painting by Ida O’Keeffe, younger sister of the more famous Georgia O’Keeffe. Ida O’Keeffe lived in Whittier from 1942 until her death in 1961. Ida O’Keeffe was involved in the Whittier community’s social life. photos by Leo Jarzomb — Staff Photographer