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Celebrating the Unveiling of "America Tropical"

Film screenings, mural tours focusing on the Chicano mural movement, a two day symposium, a festival at El Pueblo y más

By LatinoLA Contributor
Published on LatinoLA: September 12, 2012


Celebrating the Unveiling of "America Tropical"


A number of celebratory events are planned leading up to and after the opening of Siqueiros' América Tropical, including film screenings, mural tours in downtown Los Angeles focusing on the Chicano mural movement, a two day symposium, a festival at El Pueblo, and more.

Thursday, September 27, 2012 – 7 p.m. - Under the Stars – with Gregorio Luke
El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument
Father Serra Park, 125 Paseo de la Plaza
Free, no reservation required. For more information, visit www.amigosdesiqueiros.org

Gregorio Luke, an expert in Mexican and Latin Américan art and culture, presents his popular outdoor multimedia show that looks at the life and work of David Alfaro Siqueiros.

Organized by Amigos de Siqueiros, with the support of El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument

Thursday, October 4, 2012 – 7 p.m. - Letters to Siqueiros
Includes screening of Jesus Treviño's film, América Tropical.
Pico House, El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, 424 N. Main Street
Free, no reservation required. For more information, visit www.amigosdesiqueiros.org

Award-winning filmmaker and author Jesus Treviño will screen América Tropical, his 1971 documentary about David Alfaro Siqueiros. He will be joined by artists Wayne Healy, Barbara Carrasco, and John Valadez, each reading a letter to Siqueiros describing his impact on them personally and in their work, a letter none had the opportunity to send to Siqueiros during his lifetime.

Organized by Amigos de Siqueiros, with the support of El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument

Friday, October 5, 2012 – 7:00 p.m. - Siqueiros in Los Angeles, a lecture by Dr. Irene Herner Reiss
Pico House, El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, 424 N. Main Street
Free, no reservation required. For more information, visit www.amigosdesiqueiros.org

Celebrated author, historian, and Siqueiros expert Dr. Irene Herner Reiss will present a lecture about the time Siqueiros spent in Los Angeles and the roll of the mural as a cultural artifact in a city where the past is often forgotten.

Organized by Amigos de Siqueiros, with the support of El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument

Tuesday, October 9, 2012 – 12 pm - Opening of América Tropical
El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, Sepulveda House, 125 Paseo de la Plaza

Opening of the América Tropical Interpretive Center and the mural to the public.

Tuesday, October 16 and Wednesday, October 17 - The Siqueiros Legacy: Challenges of Conserving the Artist's Monumental Murals
A Two-Day Symposium

Oct. 16 morning at the Getty Center, afternoon at El Pueblo/ATIC; Oct. 17 at the Getty Center
For more information, visit www.getty.edu

A group of international speakers will present the many different aspects of conservation, transportation, installation, and presentation associated with some of Siqueiros' most important murals in Mexico, Argentina, Chile, and Southern California.

Saturday, October 20 and Saturday, October 27, 2012 – 9 am to 1 pm - Continuing the Siqueiros Legacy: A Mural Tour of Eastside LA
Departs from América Tropical Interpretive Center
El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, 125 Paseo de la Plaza, entrance on Olvera Street
$20, $10 students; Reservations available as of September 20, 2012. For more information visit www.getty.edu

Artist Raoul De La Sota will lead a bus tour of Los Angeles murals, including works by East Los Streetscapers, Judy Baca, Kent Twitchell and many more. Tour begins with a viewing of the mural América Tropical by David Alfaro Siqueiros at the América Tropical Interpretive Center. Wear comfortable shoes as there will be some walking as we disembark and re-board at key murals along the way.

Organized by the Getty Conservation Institute

Saturday, November 3, 2012 – 12 pm to 7 pm - ¡América Tropical! A Festival Celebrating Siqueiros
La Plaza de Cultura y Artes and El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument
501 N. Main Street, Los Angeles
Free admission. For more information, visit www.getty.edu

Eighty years after it was first painted, the mural América Tropical by David Alfaro Siqueiros − one of the great Mexican artists of the 20th century − is again on view to the public.

Bring your family to this festival celebration and explore the artistic, social, and historical significance of América Tropical through food, music, dance, children's activities and more.

Organized by the Getty Conservation Institute, La Plaza de Cultura y Artes, and El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument

OTHER RELATED SITES:

América Tropical Interpretive Center
Sepulveda House, 125 Paseo de La Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Open Tuesday–Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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