David Alfaro Siqueiros, América Tropical
Painted in 1932, David Alfaro Siqueiros’ América Tropical, was criticized for its political and social message. It was whitewashed soon thereafter. Eighty years later, the Getty Conservation Institute performed conservation work on the mural. It became accessible to the public on its 80th birthday, October 9, 2012.
David Alfaro Siqueiros, América Tropical, from observation deck, John Craig Freeman, January 31, 2015.
David Alfaro Siqueiros, Street Meeting
Long thought destroyed, David Alfaro Siqueiros’s first mural in America, Street Meeting, was recently rediscovered under 80 years of paint and plaster, on a wall of the former Chouinard Art Institute, near MacArthur Park. The mural was ordered painted over by the LAPD “Red Squad” in 1932, for it’s “subversive” communist content.
David Alfaro Siqueiros, Mitin en la calle, (Street Meeting), 1932, Archivo CENIDAP/INBA.
The Chouinard Art Institute was a professional art school founded in 1921 by Nelbert Murphy Chouinard (1879–1969) in Los Angeles, California. In 1961, Walt and Roy Disney guided the merger of the Chouinard Art Institute and the Los Angeles Conservatory of Music to establish the California Institute of the Arts.
Location of David Alfaro Siqueiros, Street Meeting, S. Grand View Street looking west, John Craig Freeman, January 31, 2015.
Map of the original Chouinard Art Institute where the mural was discovered.