">Name: Siqueiros Mural in Los Angeles
Artist: David Alfaro Siqueiros, painter|
Confronting Bodies: Bavarian Beer Garden owners
Date of Action: 1932
Specific Location: Olvera Street, Los Angeles
Description of Artwork: The Los Angeles mural was commissioned to decorate the wall of a Bavarian beer garden on the theme "Tropical America." Prominent civic leaders including Otis Chandler were transforming the area around Olvera Street into a quaint reproduction of an idealized Mexican village, and they apparently expected Siqueiros to produce an idyllic panorama of nature and happy laborers. Instead he painted an indigenous man nailed to a cross above which an American eagle perches triumphantly.
In the summer of 2006, the Getty Trust announced their plan to restore and conserve the mural. In addition to the restoration of the work, the Getty Trust will construct a viewing platform, visitor bridge and an interpretive center for viewers.
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