Take Two for October 10, 2012

LA's 'América Tropical' mural gets a new $10 million home

Siquieros Mural

Reed Saxon/AP

This Oct. 4, 2012 photo shows Leslie Rainer, project specialist and painting conservator at the Getty Conservation Institute, standing by the 1932 David Alfaro Siqueiros mural, "America Tropical," on the side of Italian Hall in the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument in downtown Los Angeles Thursday, Oct. 10, 2012.

Siquieros Mural

Reed Saxon/AP

This Oct. 4, 2012 photo shows the 1932 David Alfaro Siqueiros mural, "America Tropical," on the side of Italian Hall with an interpretative diagram from a viewing platform in the foreground, in the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument in downtown Los Angeles.

Siquieros Mural

Reed Saxon/AP

This Oct. 4, 2012 photo shows a photo of David Alfaro Siqueiros with a black-and-white copy of his mural, "America Tropical," with other famous artists of the day, at an interpretative center inside Sepulveda House in the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument in downtown Los Angeles. The Getty Conservation Institute and the city of Los Angeles have collaborated on the mural's conservation since 1988.


The City of Los Angeles and the Getty yesterday opened a $10 million visitor center for the 80-year-old David Alfaro Siqueiros mural entitled "América Tropical."

KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez says it's one that civic leaders had censored for its left-leaning political symbolism.


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