David Alfaro Siqueiros, along with Diego Rivera and Jose Clemente Orozco, were part of the trilogy of great muralists that transformed art in Mexico. But in addition to his role in Mexico, Siqueiros has a specific importance in art in the United States.
In the early 1930s, Siqueiros was commissioned to paint a mural in Olvera Street. The mural, known as "America Tropical," was deemed too controversial and was immediately white washed. An effort to conserve the mural and bring it back into public view is currently under way.
Vista L.A spoke with Amigos de Siqueiros executive director Gregorio Luke, director of the Getty Conservation Institute Timothy Whalen and City of L.A. Capital Projects director Christopher Espinoza.
The America Tropical Mural and Interpretive Center is scheduled for completion in 2012.
For more project details, visit: www.getty.edu/conservation/field_projects/siqueiros
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Originally aired Sun., Oct. 24, at 11:30 a.m.