Siqueiros Mural - Grand Opening For Public Viewing at Olvera Street

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:
http://www.muralconservancy.org/events/siqueiros-influential-mural-america-tropical-conserved-getty-conservation-institute-view

Link to 2010 LA Times article about the mural:

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/laplaza/2010/09/america-tropical-mural-siquieros-los-angeles.html

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!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50DnilLc7x0

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  • Sylvia

    My husband and I arrived at 11:45, got tickets for 1:25pm view time, had lunch, browsed around, photo shoots and caught a bit of the interpretive center. I didn't get to meet anyone from the group, but I knew some were around enjoying the event. It was nice to know. I took a copy of attendees list, just in case I could recognize someone - but I didn't. After the mural view, we get back to the interpretive center and enjoy the time there. A friend shows up, we talk, and we all go out for coffee. My friend leaves, and then off to City Hall Observation Deck 27th floor. It didn't occur to us to look for the mural from that vantage point, until we were looking towards Olvera St. What an amazing sight to see the mural from that height!

    October 16, 2012

  • Rudy

    After the interview, the Vista LA camera crew took some establishing photos and video of Anita and I in the Interpretive Center. They have a photo of us posted on their Facebook page. Yes, that's our backs to the camera, with headphones on.
    http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151280538787216.530000.142355712215&type=1

    October 12, 2012

  • Rudy

    It was great to finally see the mural. However, because the goal was to preserve, not restore, it's just a ghost of it's former self. But the Interpretive Center is excellent! Anita met me at Camachos and we had a great time experiencing it together. By chance, I was approached & interviewed by KABC TV's Vista LA camera crew. They said they will edit it into the final piece when it airs..sometime early next year! Keep you posted! :)

    October 11, 2012

  • Sergio

    My spouse and I are heading over in a bit...and very excited to see this mural :)

    October 9, 2012

  • Cindy

    Sorry, Rudy. I won't be able to make it after all. I look forward to hearing everyone's comments, however. And, of course, will try to see the mural as soon as possible. Have a good time!

    1 · October 8, 2012

  • Rudy

    'll be at the Plaza about 10:00am - 2 hrs. before the opening; hopefully that's early enough. If it doesn't look like I need to lineup right away, I'll be having a cup of coffee at Cafe de Camacho. I'll be there until until.....it's a good time to get in line.! Looks like the weather will be nice & cool.

    October 8, 2012

  • Daisi "Jo" Pollard S.

    I will be there closer to 11:30. Hopefully I will be able to get it.

    October 8, 2012

  • Rudy

    You're very welcome Jenny. I hope you get your chance to see it that day!

    October 4, 2012

  • Jenny

    I will try and come on my lunch hour. I am so excited about seeing this mural. Thanks Rudy. JM

    October 3, 2012

  • Rudy

    If I am in line, and people just begin to "join me," that might be considered, cutting in. (:-p)
    I'll just show up at 10am and see how things workout.

    September 26, 2012

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