A momentous day for Los Angeles has arrived! On Tuesday, October 9th, David Alfaro Siqueiros' historic mural, America Tropical, located on an exterior wall on the roof of the Italian Hall in Olvera Street, will finally be open for viewing to the public.
Have no doubts about this one - this is a historic occasion for the arts and for Los Angeles. If you can't make it on the opening day, at least you know, this world famous mural (which has hardly been seen in 80 years!) is finally open for public viewing. Viewing starts at 12 noon. I will try to get there around 10:00am to see what the line will look like, and start lining up if it looks like a good idea.
Information about the opening:
Link to 2010 LA Times article about the mural:
Below is a link to a film short about Olvera Street, produced in 1937, just 5 years after the Siqueiros mural was completed, and whitewashed. You can see why the city elites were so upset with the mural...it's theme was definitely not in keeping with the quaint Olvera Street image they wanted to convey...as this film does. However the footage alone is great time capsule!