Murals Under the Stars

siqueiros.jpg At this time last year I was already in Mexico enjoying the heat in Mazatl·n and getting scolded by my dad for not calling him and informing him that I arrived safely at the hotel and met up with my cousin and his wife. The 23-day trip to Mazatl·n, Guanajuato (my father’s home state) and Mexico City was amazing and exactly what I needed after a two year stint in an extremely stressful job and right before I began life as a PhD student.

I won’t get to make another trip this summer, but there are plenty things I can do to remind me of Mexico while I’m in LA. One is the Museum of Latin American Art’s Murals Under the Stars event this Saturday evening.

Last August I stood breathless in front of murals in Palacio de Bellas Artes and Chapultepec. It was amazing to see these amazing murals in person by Los Tres Grandes of the Mexican Muralism movement (JosÈ Clemente Orozco, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and Diego Rivera).

I don’t really need to go to Mexico City to see the work of Siqueiros. This site in Spanish features some of the art by Siqueiros in Los Angeles. Also, you can always go to Olvera Street and see AmÈrica Tropical.

Sadly, I can’t go to see the Murals Under the Stars featuring the works of Siqueiros and Rivera, but it would be nice to get that breathless feeling of seeing your people’s history — both the good and the bad — depicted on a wall.

Thanks to Mark Vallen for the heads up about the event.