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America Tropical Interpretive Center

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Joan H wrote a review Aug 2017
San Bernardino, California956 contributions93 helpful votes
Once whitewashed because of its controversial content, this mural has been conserved by the Getty Conservation Institute. Artist David Alfaro Siqueiros' mural "America Tropical" is now on display for public viewing on the second Floor of the historic Sepulveda House in the heart of El Pueblo de Los Angeles.
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Date of experience: August 2017
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Grover R wrote a review Jul 2016
Pensacola, Florida9,948 contributions760 helpful votes
If you think public mural graffiti is solely a modern art form, it has been around Los Angeles for 100 years. For those familiar with Miami, this may have been the original Wynwood. This historic mural was discover on the Side of a building during restoration. This museum both displays the mural and a museum that explains the painting and its cultural significance. Go upstairs for a create view of the resorted mural. Also see the effort made to expose the mural while also protecting it from the elements. It is a great mural. Then return downstairs for an explanation. The painter was a Mexican revolutionary during the rebellions of the early 20th century. The painting has many historic and cultural themes that are well explained. You also get the story of its whitewash. I am no supporter of censorship, but I am also not a support of public art advocating violence. While it is regrettable that it was covered, I don't understand the need to include symbols encouraging open rebellion. In that case I understand the whitewash decision even in disagreement. Still this is a great historic find that causes us to confront some historical conflict in a very well done way. Too bad more people have not visited.
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Date of experience: July 2016
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Albywon wrote a review May 2015
Sydney, Australia11,594 contributions1,123 helpful votes
The actual artwork is hard to see as it has barriers around it for the preservation works however access is gained through the Sepulveda building. But this exhibition is worth a visit and talks through the controversial nature of piece.
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Kenneth L wrote a review Mar 2014
Los Angeles, California421 contributions229 helpful votes
This mural was controversial and painted over and forgotten. David Alfaro Siqueiros completed the work in 1932. The people commissioning the work expected something lively, instead they got a work critical of US business interfering with Central and South America. The work was whitewashed over and forgotten. In 1988, the Getty Conservation Institute began a restoration. The great work is faded and viewing the work is from about 75 feet away, but it is once again viewable. Entrance is through the Sepulveda House.
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Date of experience: March 2014
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