Inspired by David Alfaro Siqueiros, who when deported from the United States said:
"I believe I have done something interesting here [Los Angeles]. I have initiated a movement of outdoor murals that I judge to be very serious - murals under the sun, under the rain, facing the street. If one muses over this, one recognizes the basis of art in the future will be public to its fullest extent."
Siqueiros, one of the legendary muralists of the twentieth century, along with Diego Rivera and José Clemente Orozco, established "Mexican Muralism" in the 1920's.
In 1932, Siqueiros came to Los Angeles and developed revolutionary new spray painting techniques with Philip Guston and Jackson Pollock as they created the mural América Tropical on a second story exterior wall located in the center of El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument in downtown Los Angeles.
The mural was controversial from the start and directly led to the deportation of Siqueiros. Within a year of its completion it was partially covered with white paint and within a decade it was completely painted over.
In 1988 the Getty Conservation Institute entered into a collaborative partnership with the City of Los Angeles to conserve the mural and it reopened to the public in 2012.
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