David Alfaro Siqueiros with his mural “America Tropical” on Olvera Street in Los Angeles.
Eighty years after being completed, David Alfaro Siqueiros’ América Tropical will again be seen by the public beginning October 9, announced the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) today.
The conservation of the only surviving public mural by Siqueiros in the United States — a long ongoing public-private partnership between the City of Los Angeles and the GCI — will be celebrated in a ceremony, with programming leading up to the re-dedication.
América Tropical was completed on October 9, 1932 on the second story exterior wall of Italian Hall on Olvera Street. “I painted a man … crucified on a double cross, which had, proudly perched on the top, the eagle of North American coins,” said Siqueiros, describing the mural later in his life.
It raised immediate controversy and was whitewashed, then forgotten until the 1960s. Chicano artists, activists and the urban mural movement brought awareness to Los Tres Grandes; Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco and especially Siqueiros, who spent time in Los Angeles while painting “América Tropical.”
Gah damn it, OF COURSE I’m going to be out of the country for the unveiling. UGH!!!