Wells Fargo Bank
J.P. Morgan Chase
California Community Foundation
Union Pacific Railroad
Managed Career Solutions
Related Companies of California
Thomas Safran and Associates
Garcinia Cambogia Extracto
Italian American Museum
The City of Los Angeles
El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument Commission
SPARC (Social and Public Art Resource Center)
Mexican Cultural Institute
La Plaza de Cultura y Artes
Los Angeles Theater Academy
Kolor Graphics Bureau (KGB)
The Autry National Center
Olvera Street Merchant Association
The Methodist Church Museum of Social Justice
Patricia Alarcon, Community Advocate
Getty Conservation Institute
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Beginning in the late 1960s, numerous attempts have been made to bring this historic work of art back to public view.
In 1988, the Getty Conservation Institute began the conservation of the mural. By 2006, the Getty and the City of Los Angeles committed a combined $8.9 million to build The America Tropical Interpretive Center (ATIC).
The ATIC will include a protective shelter, a viewing platform and the creation of an interpretive center in the restored Sepulveda House.
In 2008, Amigos de Siqueiros was established to contribute to the enhancement of the multi-media content and technology in the Sepulveda House. Amigos will become stewards of The America Tropical Interpretive Center to ensure a vibrant, historic, premiere public destination for future generations.
The title América Tropical conjures images of a romantic paradise replete with lush foliage and exotic birds, yet the mural’s content defies such conventional expectations. Unveiled on the night of October 9, 1932, the expansive (18’ x 82’) mural depicted, among the foliage and birds, a symbolic central figure – a crucified indigenous man. Above his head is a perched eagle, around him the sap-driven jungle breaks apart the ruin of ancient civilizations and in the farthest corner, two soldiers stealthily advance into the scene. You can learn more about it here on the NPR article.
America Tropical detail
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This imagery unleashed a storm of controversy over art and ideology. While many praised the mural for its innovative techniques and allegorical political content, some local civic leaders believed the mural’s theme betrayed the vision of Olvera Street as a docile, folkloric Mexican village. This outrage led to the censorship of the artist through the obliteration of the mural with whitewash. This act of censorship would reverberate for nearly a century.
The nearly forgotten masterpiece languished, assaulted by neglect and the elements. During the social turbulence of the 1960s, like a ghostly apparition, the mural gradually began to reappear as the whitewash eroded with como adelgazar. The seed that Siqueiros planted germinated into a modern mural movement and flowered thousands of murals throughout the United States, indelibly transforming our visual landscape.