Siqueiros and América Tropical essay

America Tropical faded

Siqueiros and América Tropical

Digital reconstruction of America Tropical

Pictures above:

The faded remains of David Alfaro Siqueiros’ mural América Tropical.

Digital Reconstruction of América Tropical.

we discuss the controversy over Diego Rivera’s mural for Nelson Rockefeller, Man at the Crossroads.

In 1932, David Alfaro Siqueiros encountered similar opposition to the political aspects of his work. His two commissioned public murals in Los Angeles, Street Meeting and América Tropical, were painted over shortly after their creation, but his work had lasting influence in Chicano Movement murals

In 2012, the Los Angeles Autry Museum’s exhibition, Siqueiros In Los Angeles: Censorship Defied, explored the impact of Siqueiros’ work. To help preserve what’s left of the mural, massive conservation work took place and eventually in that year (2012), it was reopened to the public with an accompanying interpretation center.

Read this NPR report. and this L.A. Times column about its restoration.

What was Christine Sterling’s original view for the development around Olvera Street, and how does that relate to the Mission Myth? What elements do you see in Siqueiros’ mural that conflict with that view?

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