A visit to the America Tropical Interpretive Center, located on Olivera Street in downtown Los Angeles unfolded eighty years of unique history for us. Here was a story to be told.
In 1932 a renown Mexican artist arrived in Los Angeles after being imprisoned in Mexico for his left wing political activities.
In Los Angeles on Olivera Street David Alfaro Siqueiros painted a mural on the side of a building which he entitled "America Tropical". Basically it depicted the lost identify of the original people of New World and what happened on the coming of Europeans.
It proved controversial, was whitewashed and for the next forty years forgotten. Then as the whitewash began to peel to reveal the mural it was rediscovered by the Getty Conservation Institute. The City of Los Angeles decided it should be available for public viewing so the Interpretive Center was established in 2012.
The Center tells David Alfaro Siqueiros' story and from the second floor one can view the mural.
A prominent sign on Olivera Street will lead you to the America Tropical Interpretive Center. Admission is free and it is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. More information can be found on the web at www.americatropical.org.