In our hyper-branded, if-you-like-this-you’ll-also-like-this, 24-hour-news cycle culture, we forget how easy it is to specialize unthinkingly. Meaning: we narrow our own interests so severely that, for example, we no longer talk to our neighbors.
When did you start giving mural tours?Well, back in 1980, I guess.How did they start? Were you just the closest art historian that happened to have all the information? People ask me, Are you an expert in art? An art historian? I say, No, I’m just an art enthusiast.
Jose Guerrero does make art in his Pilsen studio. In fact, he’s getting ready for a show as we speak. But mostly, Gerrero gives tours of all the murals around the Pilsen neighborhood. It’s because of this that he calls himself an amateur anthropologist.
Jose Guerrero is from San Antonio. His nifty wife Margaret, who doesn’t want to talk, is from Tennessee. She sits in the corner, laughing at our jokes. I’m not sure they’re all that funny, but she’s a good-humored woman, and probably doesn’t need the prompting.
It's been about a week and a half since we last visited Whittier Dual Language Elementary School, and much has changed since then. Certainly, even more has changed since they took over the field house 34 days ago. Thirty four! Over a month.
Lisa has been sleeping at the Whittier Dual Language Elementary School field house for three weeks now, where the Chicago Public Schools yesterday had People’s Gas turned off the heat and hot water supply to the building.