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LAC+USC - Coerced Sterilization Recognition Project

Health Services
LAC + USC Medical Center
2051 Marengo Street
Los Angeles, CA
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Latitude: 34.058164 - Longitude: -118.206990
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Project Description

The Civic Art Division, in collaboration with LAC + USC Medical Center, commissioned artist Phung Huynh to create an artwork that recognizes the women and events surrounding the practice of coerced sterilization at the medical center in the 1960s and 70s. The artwork conveys the County’s acknowledgment of the irreparable harm inflicted upon the women and their families, as well as their strength, endurance, and faith. Phung Huynh created an artwork for the circular seating area in the plaza between the historic hospital and the new facility building.
Artist Phung Huynh installed the sculpture for the exterior plaza in August 2021. She also assembled quilting squares compiled from the community engagement activities to make additional quilt artwork for an interior space to be determined at the hospital. The sculptural artwork was unveiled at the dedication on July 11, 2022. The panel talk for an online audience took place on July 7, 2022. This panel provided context for the Board of Supervisors 2018 apology to the women and their families and the backdrop for the permanent artwork marking this history. Panelists provided first-hand testimony of their fight for justice for the survivors through Madrigal v. Quilligan, and the aftermath of the events still relevant today.