SIQUEIROS – INTERPRETIVE CENTER
Painted in 1932 by famed Mexican artist David Alfaro Siqueiros, the mural América Tropical was whitewashed shortly after its completion; the controversial mural has since been conserved by the Getty Conservation Institute. América Tropical: Created, Concealed and Revealed is the permanent exhibition of the América Tropical Interpretive Center.
Multifaceted and laced with controversy, the story is told through multiple voices – scholars, artists, eyewitnesses, critics, and news reports. Together these create an exhibition of record, while prompting critical thinking among visitors about the mural, the work and influence of artist David Alfaro Siqueiros, and the power and future of public art and social expression.
IQM researched the history, designed the exhibits and produced 10 films and 9 interactive stations. This is the exhibition of record; no other single source exists that tells this story as comprehensively. Pugh-Scarpa, Architects designed the mural shelter.