Art with a Message: Thinking About the Immigrant Experience
Grades: 6 - 12

Video Description: The coming of age story, “Autobiography of a Brown Buffalo” by Oscar Zeta Acosta, centers on the experiences of a Chicano in the 1960s and questions of identity in America. José Guadalupe Garza has reimagined a sequel in the form of appropriated and manipulated images from popular culture that give a glimpse into the experiences of those in the immigrant community. His pieces range from the abstract to the political.

Type of Video: Tour*
Unique Video ID: AandA-Garza**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • For Discussion: Use the video in a cross-curricular discussion focused on immigration, either historic or contemporary.
  • Activity Idea: This exhibition is the artist’s response to a book that moved him in specific ways. Use the video in a cross curricular project having students respond to a book, piece of music, historic event, etc. and creating art that represents their response.


*Tours take students to laboratories, studios, workspaces, museums and other diverse “in the field” and community locations related to the area of study.

**The unique Video ID can be used to quickly locate a single video in the ET collection. This search function is designed to let teachers assign students to watch a specific video and have only that video appear as a search result. Just click on Search and choose “By Video ID.” Then type in the Video ID as it appears above. Be sure to include the dash.