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Arts District Mural Tour For Students from The Bay Area
April 1 2012

MCLA hosted a class of 20 art students from the Oakland School for the Arts on a mural tour of the Downtown LA Arts District. The tour group stopped at the foot of How & Nosm’s mural “Heartship” where they were joined by special guest speaker, Danial Lahoda, founder of the L.A. Freewalls Project and LALA Gallery.  

(Image shown above © Ian Robertson, 2012)

Interview with Deedee Cheriel
April 18 2012

MCLA’s Executive Director, Isabel Rojas-Williams caught up with muralist, Deedee Cheriel, to talk about her new public work at the Standard Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. Originating from Eugene, Oregon, Cheriel's work reflects an interest in nature, and a desire to humanize even the smallest of creatures. Watch the interview here. Her piece is viewable atThe Standard Hotel, 550 S. Flower Street and 6th Street, Los Angeles CA 90017.
 
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(Image © Ian Robertson, 2012)
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MCLA at Urban Legends: Art Exhitibion & Auction  
April 27 - 28 2012

 
The Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles (MCLA) was proud to contribute as honorary partners to Urban Legends (4/27/12-5/26/12), an exhibition organized by The Estria Foundation. The Estria Foundation, Do ArT Foundation, L.A. Art Machine and honorary partners, SPARC, Crewest Gallery, ICU Art, and Find Art Magazine, collaborated for Urban Legends, an exhibition and auction of public art by artists from around the world. Featured artists included a roster of more than 50 urban artists, from well-known muralists, to even the most sought after, collected, and internationally known urban/street/graffiti artists. The opening included live music, food and MCLA's Graffiti virtual mural tour. Artists Kent Twitchell, Judy Baca, Tempt One, and James Prigoff were awarded at the event for their years of contribution to public art around the world. Free admission begins May 1st and will go until  May 26th. LA Mart & Design Center/Source LA 1933 S. Broadway, 12th Floor, Suite 1240 Los Angeles, CA 90007. 

Kent Twitchell Awarded at Urban Legends
 
(Image © Ian Robertson, 2012 )

Estrada Courts Mural Tour
April 28 2012
 
As part of a three-day educational event focusing on Latino history organized by LAGRANT Communication, MCLA led a group of journalists on a tour of the historic Estrada Courts murals. The tour had appearances by muralists Willie Herrón III, Richard Haro, and Ernesto de la Loza. Journalist learned about the rise of  muralism in the 1970's, how it influences the community today, and MCLA's current restoration efforts. The lucky journalists also visited Candelas Guitars, LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, L.A. Starts Here! exhibition, Dodger Stadium, and Mister Cartoon Studios.


Estrada Courts Tour, Richard Haro's "Outer Space" 
(Image © Gil Ortiz, 2012)
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Murals in the News:

Chicano Mural Conversation Extends...
KCET Departures | Ed Fuentes | March 27

Fighting Vandalism wtih Murals

Intersections South L.A. | Samantha Katzman | April 11

Sketch of Early Chicano Mural Discovered 
KCET Departures | Ed Fuentes | April 16

April 20 "Siqueros Day"
Blog Downtown | Hayley Fox | April 20

Protecting Siqueros America Tropica Mural
KCET Departures | Ed Fuentes | April 24

Art & Development on Collison Path in East LA
EGPNews | Gloria Angelina Castillo | April 26

 Artist of the Month: Carlos Callejo

Carlos Callejo with his current work in progres . . .


"Early on, my messages and themes that I was utilizing were more for personal self-expression, not necessarily reflecting what was going on around me [...] It was my own way of interpreting the indoctrination that was going on at the time, because the Chicano Movement wasn’t about just suffering; what I call the physical exploitation, the bad working conditions, bad health care, and bad housing, but also the psychological suffering that was brought to us by the media and the education system. "

Read his entire interview here
Pictured above is Carlos Callejo with a current work in progress.

In This Issue...

  • Featured artist of the month: Carlos Callejo
  • Fundraiser for "Outer Space"
  • MCLA at Urban Legendsexhibtion

Upcoming MCLA Mural Tours:

MCLA actively organizes mural tours throughout Los Angeles as a way to connect communities directly with these important public works. Follow MCLA on Facebook or visit our events page to stay up-to-date on upcoming mural tours throughout Los Angeles!

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MCLA at “Arts Day LA”
April 11 2012

MCLA was present for the first annual “Arts Day” held at City Hall in Downtown Los Angeles that brought together over 75 arts advocates and city council representatives to celebrate the city’s non-profit arts and cultural sector. 

Picture of guests at Arts Day L.A. 2012

 Asian and Pacific-Islander American (APIA) Heritage Month Opening Ceremony
 April 27 2012

MCLA is proud that one of our own, Hanh Nguyen, had her artwork featured in the Asian and Pacific-Islander American (APIA) Heritage Month Opening Ceremony invitation, and in the 2012 Calendar and Cultural Guide. The event, entitled “Breaking the Mold” highlighted some of the most important artists of Asian American Pacific Islander descent and their vital contributions to the cultural life of Los Angeles. Honorees included KW Lee, Jyoti Nanda, and Michelle Kwan.  

Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month Opening Ceremony 4/27/12

  

(Photo © Isabel Rojas-Williams, 2012)
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Ends May 27th 2012
 

Help us restore Richard Haro's "Outer Space" mural! This mural is located in the historic Estrada Courts, a site that gave birth to the 1970’s Chicano Mural Art Movement. Be part of L.A.'s history, and make your donation today! Click the link below to see recent progress he's made on this wonderful mural. 

Recent Picture of Richard Haro's "Outer Space" Mural
(Photo © Erté deGarces, 2012)
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Urban Farm/ Urban Arts: MCLA and the L.A. Leadership Academy
April 26 2012

MCLA’s E.D., Isabel Rojas-Williams was invited by “Do ArT Foundation” to speak to “Los Angeles Leadership Academy’s” students. Inspired by Cesar E. Chávez, "Young Urban Farmers" at the Lincoln Heights school will grow their own food, which will be served at their school's cafeteria. It was great to share with the students the parallels between the UFW & Muralism in celebration of César Chávez Day. The students designed a mural that was dedicated on March 31st to the school site.

Video of Urban Farm/ Urban Arts by L.A. Leadership Academy

Watch the video here 


April 20 2012 Declared "Dia de Siqueiros" 

When L.A. City Council deemed this past April 20th, "Dia de Siqueiros", art advocates gathered in City Hall to celebrate. Among those celebrating is Siqueiros' own great grand neice, Anna Siqueiros (pictured below). Click here to read more. 
 
Dia de Siqueros, April 20th  
(Image © Isabel Rojas-Williams, 2012) 
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MCLA Completes Restoration of Art Mortimer’s
“Fairfax Community Mural” 
February 28-29, 2012

Art Mortimer has dozens of murals in greater L.A., many of which have become assets to the visual landscape of Los Angeles' mural history. It is with these great contributions in mind that MCLA is grateful that with Art Mortimer's advice we were able to protect his much beloved "Fairfax Community Mural" (located by Canter's Deli, 419 North Fairfax Avenue) with a Conservation Treatment. This 7-paneled mural depicts the history of the Jewish community in the Los Angeles area. It was created in part by local Jewish and non-Jewish students and senior citizens. With his know-how and interest in our organization, we have been able to help restore his mural back to it's original glory to be enjoyed for generations to come. Thank you Art Mortimer! Conservation treatment supervised by Mural Graffiti Abatement Technician W. F. Herrón III.

(Image shown above © Ian Robertson, 2012)

Opening Night for “Chicanos in the 1980s Transforming Public Art” at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes

March 9, 2012 
 
MCLA, LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, and SPARC are proud to celebrate Chicano muralists with “Transforming Public Art: Chicanos in the 80s” exhibition. MCLA and SPARC created a Chicano Visual Mural Tours dedicated to the muralists that wrote art history and paved the way for future generations. Experience the great murals these iconic muralists created in the 1980s at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes's current exhibition: Transforming Public Art - Chicanos in the 80's, March 9 - April 16, 501 North Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. This is a FREE event.

(Image © Ian Robertson, 2012 )

Rededication of Ernesto de la Loza’s “Organic Stimulus” in the Estrada Courts

March 11th 2012
 
We at MCLA are humbled and honored by the generous outpour of love and support for muralist Ernesto de la Loza and his just restored "Organic Stimulus", a mural created in 1975 in the heart of Estrada Courts, the birth of the Chicano Mural Art Movement. On a beautiful Sunday morning, communities gathered around “Organic Stimulus” to rededicate and celebrate the recently restored historic mural. Guest speakers included Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar (District 14), Isabel Rojas-Williams (MCLA Executive Director), Bill Lasarow (MCLA President), Sandra de la Loza (Muralist), and Ernesto de la Loza (Muralist). MCLA provided a free art workshop offered by the Mobile Mural Lab.


(Image © Gil Ortiz, 2012)
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Restoration of Outer Space by Richard Haro Begins
March 20, 2012 

Originally painted in 1977, restoration on Richard Haro's "Outer Space" mural at the Estrada Courts in Boyle Heights began on March 20th, 2012. This is the second mural been restored at the historical site of the 1970s Chicano Mural Art Movement. More pictures to come of the upcoming progress!
 
(Image © Erté deGarce, 2012)
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MCLA Hosts Students from the  Oakland School for the Artsin a DTLA Mural Tour
April 1, 2012

MCLA hosted a class of 20 art students, teachers, and parents from the Oakland School for the Arts (OSA) on a mural tour of the Downtown LA Arts District on Sunday 4/1/12. As part of the tour, the group stopped at the foot of How & Nosm’s mural “Heartship”, where special guest speaker, Daniel Lahoda, founder of the L.A. Free Walls Project and LALA Gallery, joined them.  The tour then continued throughout the Los Angeles Arts District.  MCLA also arranged for the students to attend La Plaza de Cultura y Artes' "Transforming Public Art: Chicanos in the 1980s," at Plaza Olvera, the event for which MCLA has created a Chicano Visual Mural Tour dedicated to the muralists that wrote art history and paved the way for future generations. MCLA was proud to host Oakland School for the Arts (OSA), a California Distinguished School and the dream-child of Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown!
 

(Image © Isabel Rojas-Williams, 2011)
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Murals in the News: 

Artists return to restore the faded glory...
The EastSiderLA | Monday, March 12, 2012

Echo Park 'Quinceañera' Mural To Be Saved
KCET Departures | Ed Fuentes| March 12, 2012 

French Artist Adds New Wrinkle to Los Angeles
KCET Departures | Ed Fuentes | March 15, 2012 

Plans to build new school raise concerns...
EastSider LA | Erik Luna| Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Convoluted Path to Ending Los Angeles's Mural Ban
The Atlantic Cities | Nate Berg | March 22nd 2012

April Artist of the Month: Adam "Codak" Smith

Adam ‘Codak’ Smith is a graffiti style muralist based in Los Angeles. Originally from Portland, Oregon, Codak developed his unique style from painting in various cities on the West Coast and the Mid-West. His mixed media work explores the relationships of color, line, and space in the urban environment. He has exhibited his work on walls and in galleries all over the world, including Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, Montreal, London, and Slovakia. Codak is also an accomplished graphic designer with clients such as NOKIA, Pepsi Street Motion, and DUB Magazine.

Read his entire interview here
Pictured above: "Codak Meets Ekundayo", 2012

What we have been up to...


Mural Ordinance Meeting at Lala Gallery 
February 7, 2012

With real progress on the horizon and united by a common cause, muralists and art advocates gathered at Lala Gallery in Downtown's Art District to help bring the mural ordinance to life. MCLA was present to document and participate in the dialogue. Panel Featured: Shepard Fairey, Saber MSK AWR, City Planner Tanner Blackman, LA Freewalls Curator Danial Lahoda, LA City Council Members Jan Perry (CD9) and José Huizar (CD14).

(Image shown above © Ed Fuentes, 2012)

MCLA on ABC 7, Eye on LA's "Classic L.A."
February 11, 2012 
 
MCLA's Executive Director (Isabel Rojas-Williams) spoke with ABC 7, Eye on LA's correspondant Tina Malave about our city’s dynamic mural history. Rojas-Williams discussed how “Los Angeles is one of the most spectacular open-air museums in the world. It's a huge open canvas. Its diverse. It's rich and it's unique. The Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles' mission is to preserve and to document the murals of Los Angeles, to keep the legacy alive…”

(Image © Ian Robertson-Salt, 2012 )

Whittier College/ MCLA/ Estrada Courts Mural Tour
February 14, 2012 
 
MCLA was joined by students from Whittier College for a tour of the historic Estrada Courts Murals. We were honored to have muralists David Botello and Ernesto de la Loza share their experiences as some of the first artists to have painted at historical Estrada Courts in the 1970's, the birth of the Chicano Mural Art Movement.

Group photo: David Botello and Whittier College students & faculty next to Botello's "Dreams of Flight."
(Image © Hanh Nguyen, 2012)
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New Mural in Culver City Inspired by Siqueiros
Febrary 19 2012 

With passion and love for their murals, an amazing number of Muralists, Graffiti artists, and mural advocates came together to paint and to support each other in the birth of a new chapter in muralism in Los Angeles, shown in a colorful explosion that pays homage to David Alfaro Siqueiros (Culver City, CA, 2/19/12). 
 
(Image © Isabel Rojas-Williams, 2012)
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Murals in the News: 

The Most Expensive Wall Painting Ever? 
The Independent  | February 3, 2012 | Stephan Foley 

Occupy L.A. Asks the City to Return Its Murals
The Atlantic | February 7, 2012  |John Metcalfe 

Broadway Elementary in Venice Unveils Art Therapy Mural 
Venice Patch | February 15, 2012 | Paul Chevez 

Historic Mural Unveiled 
EasyReader | February 17, 2012 | Robb Fulcher 

How & Nosm, German Graffiti Wounder Twins 
LA Weekly | February 17, 2012 | Shelley Leopold 

Mural Ordinance Public Meeting Period Does Not End Quietly 
KCET: Departures | February 21, 2012 | Ed Fuentees

February Artist of the Month: Vibul Wonprasat

When asked where he draws his inspiration, Wonprasat says, "I appreciate the beautiful nature and mankind culture. Those subjects inspired my paintings." 

Read his entire interview here
Pictured above: "East Meets West", 1991 

Happy Chinese New Year!

Here is what we have been up to...


Ernesto de la Loza begins restoration on Historic Mural in Estrada Courts (Boyle Heights) 
January 2 2012

We are pleased to announce that Ernesto de la Loza has begun the restoration on his Organic Stimulus mural painted at Estrada Courts in 1975 (located at 3240 Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90023) The preservation effort is possible through a grant to MCLA from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.
 
Continuing with its mission of preserving the history of Los Angeles, MCLA has agreed with Mr. de la Loza to begin restoration of his mural to protect it from further damage.  Mr. de la Loza has agreed to clean the graffiti and to retouch the mural as needed to bring the mural back to its original glory. The Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles, with Mr. de la Loza’s assistance, has taken the first steps in this restoration process.
 
Ernesto de la Loza cleaning up after painting (pictured above)

Los Angeles City Planning Code Studies Workshop/Hearing 
January 10, 2012 
 
As Los Angeles moves forward to a world free of “mural moratorium,” the Los Angeles City Planning -Code Studies Workshop/Hearing by Tanner Blackman on Tuesday 1/10/12 brought together most of the people who have actively worked with Blackman on writing the mural ordinance draft. MCLA is proud to have sponsored the first five “Mural Ordinance Updates” to inform muralists and mural advocates about the issues related to the mural ordinance and to help City Planning to seek input from the communities throughout greater L.A. to write the mural draft. Los Angeles, united, can potentially regain its title as the Mural Capital of the World.

We congratulate all the great speakers and attendants that made clear to the City that the permit fees should be reconsidered and that the muralists are ready for a new beginning for all. In its role as public art advocate, we are committed to preserving the artistic heritage of Los Angeles as one of the mural capitals of the world.

           

Mural Ordinance Update at Cal Sate LA
January 31 

Organized in part by the Executive Director of the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles, Isabel Rojas-Williams, a dynamic presentation and panel discussion focused on the Mural Ordinance was held on the CSULA campus. Panelists included Dr. Andrew Lyndon Knighton (CSULA's American Communities Program), Dr. Manuel Aguilar-Moreno (CSULA), Isabel Rojas-Williams (MCLA's E.D.), Tanner Blackman (L.A. City Planning), Frank Romero (muralist), Ismael Cazarez (muralist), Art Mortimer (muralist), Adam "Codak" Smith (Graffiti artist), and Dr. David Diaz (CSULA).


          

Murals in the News: 

Occupy L.A.'s Octopus Mural Declared an 'Artifact,' Auctioned...
LA Weekly | January 6, 2012 | Simone Wilson

Muralists, Street Artists Chime in on City's Proposed Mural Ordinance
KCET Departures | January 12, 2012 | Ed Fuentes

Remembering the Chicano arts collectives of Highland Park
Los Angeles Times | January 14, 2012 | Esmeralda Bermudez

JR's Wrinkles Of The City, Los Angeles (VIDEO)
Huffington Post | January 18, 2012

Artists Create Murals in Police Station "Soft Rooms"
NBC Los Angeles | Jan 19, 2010 | Lolita Lopez

Lost And Ruined Mural Reborn
La Bloga | January 25, 2012 | Michael Sedano

February Artist of the Month: Ernesto de la Loza


When asked about his message, Ernesto explains, “I consider these [murals] people's art. One of the greatest tools to give a voice to the people is Muralism and public art since the fifteenth century to modern times.”

Read his entire intereview here
Pictured above: “Resurrection of the Green Planet”, 1991

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Mural Ordinance Update and Discussion at Known Gallery 
November 30, 2011  

Known Gallery [441 North Fairfax Ave.] hosted a mural ordinance update and discussion including a presentation from Tanner Blackman [L.A. City Planning] outlining a proposed mural ordinance which will redefine mural policy throughout Los Angeles.

MCLA’s Executive Director, Isabel Rojas-Williams as well as member’s of MCLA’s Board of Directors and muralists, Judithe Hernandez,  Kent Twitchell and Willie Herron III were in attendance and contributed to the dynamic discussion.

           
Photo courtesy of Arrested Motion/Carlos Gonzalez with SABER MSK AWR and Kent Twitchell.
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Restoration of “Jim Morphesis Monument” Complete 
December 10, 2011

With the help of our numerous supporters, and the cooperation of Caltrans, MCLA is excited to share that the restoration of The Jim Morphesis Monument (part of the 7th Street Altarpiece diptych) by Kent Twitchell, is finally complete. The mural was originally painted as part of the 1984 Olympic celebration and located beneath the N. Grand Ave. overpass of the 101 Freeway. In an unprecedented agreement negotiated by MCLA to protect the mural from further damage, Caltrans has agreed to allow MCLA to organize the graffiti removal and maintenance effort. 

Scott Haskins and his firm, FACL, Inc. carried out the work of graffiti removal/abatement and restoration, working directly with Caltrans District 7 Vandalism Coordinator, Vincent Moreno. Mr. Haskins and FACL, Inc. began graffiti removal on Tuesday Nov. 15, 2011. All graffiti solutions are green products and water retrieval will be done in accordance with environmental protection standards. Muralist Kent Twitchell was on hand to retouch the mural, as needed.

           
L-R: Virginia Panizzon (FACL, Inc.), muralist Kent Twitchell, Scott Haskins (FACL, Inc.), Isabel Rojas-Williams (MCLA), Vincent Moreno (Caltrans), & Diane Stevenett (FACL, Inc.)] 
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Historic Mural in Estrada Courts To Be Restored 
December 10, 2011 

The MCLA is pleased to announce that Ernesto de la Loza will begin the restoration on his Organic Stimulus mural painted at Estrada Courts in 1975 (located at3240 Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90023.) The preservation effort is possible through a grant to MCLA from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.
 
Continuing with its mission of preserving the history of Los Angeles, MCLA has agreed with Mr. de la Loza to begin restoration of his mural to protect it from further damage.  Mr. de la Loza has agreed to clean the graffiti and to retouch the mural as needed to bring the mural back to its original glory. The Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles, with Mr. de la Loza’s assistance, has taken the first steps in this restoration process.

Muralist Ernesto de la Loza will begin graffiti removal on January 2nd, 2011. All graffiti solutions are green products and water retrieval will be done in accordance with environmental protection standards.

           
Ernesto de la Loza speaking in front of his mural of a mountain range emerging from the landscape, which transports the viewers eyes to the infinite imaginary space and into the rich earth tone organic shapes depicted on the mural. MCLA executive director, Isabel Rojas-Williams, is holding a picture of the mural as it appeared originally.
Click to view photos of "Organic Stimulus" among other historic Estrada Court Murals

Murals in the News:

Mural Ordinance Panel Discussion at Known Gallery
December 2, 2011 | Carlos Gonzales

“As murals go up by the dozens all across Miami during Art Basel Week, an important movement in the legalization of murals is taking place in the opposite part of the country, right in the heart of Los Angeles.” 
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What if the City Allowed Ads to Go Up In Parks and the Zoo So LA Could Make Some Money?
December 6, 2011 | Lindsay William Ross

“Yesterday, Brian Currey, a lawyer from the mayor's office, went before the City Council at the Planning and Land Use Committee meeting to urge the adoption of an ordinance to allow those signs to go up, reports the Daily News.” 
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New ordinance would end artistic mural ban in L.A.
December 7, 2011
 
“A proposed new ordinance would allow artists to create murals legally on private property across Los Angeles as long as the property owners agree.”
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January Artist of the Month: Ismael Cazarez

    
Ismael Cazarez is a Los Angeles based muralist, painter, and sculptor with deep roots in the Chicano Mural Movement of the 1970’s and 80’s. As he reflected on his beginnings as an artist, Cazarez describes his experiences upon first walking into the Mechicano Arts Center, the historic  Chicano art center founded by organizer, Victor Franco, “I had never seen a Zapata standing there so proud, and Spaniards fighting with Aztecs. It stimulated so much- I cried. We were looking for answers; this was something to me that I connected to immediately.” 
Click to view full article 
Click to view more work from Ismael Cazarez

 
Happy Holidays from the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles!
 
We have had a very exciting year here at MCLA, we truly appreciate the efforts from all of our supporters! Our gift to our fellow Angeleno's this year is the restoration of the 101 Freeway Mural the "Jim Morphesis Monument."
It is with the continued help from the community that we will be able to finish the restoration of this historic and iconic part of Los Angeles history!


Events from November 2011

November 14, 2011: Jim Morphesis Monument Restoration Begins
“The Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles (MCLA) is pleased to announce that Scott Haskins and his firm, FACL, Inc. have begun the work of graffiti removal/abatement and restoration on the Jim Morphesis Monument  (part of the7the Street Altarpiece diptych) by Kent Twitchell, originally painted as part of the 1984 Olympic celebration. It is located beneath the N. Grand Ave. overpass of the 101 Freeway.”
 
Read full press release: Click Here

             
Photo Credit: FACL, Inc. *2011*                                                                                            
 Photo Credit: Gil Ortiz *2011*

                                                     

November 16, 2011: MCLA Kicks Off Fundraiser to Restore the Jim Morphesis Monument!

This L.A. icon has been enjoyed by thousands of residents and visitors to the city as they travel the 101 Freeway. Although this artwork has suffered extreme damage as a result of exposure to the elements, tagging, and neglect – its legacy can be preserved with your help! In order to ensure that this important restoration is completed, MCLA has created an opportunity for supporters of L.A.’s mural arts to contribute directly to this project through an online fundraiser. Please follow the link below to make your contribution today— your support of the MCLA makes this vital work possible and your generosity of anyamount is much appreciated. Together, we can reclaim the title: “Los Angeles: Mural Capital of the World”!
 
To make your donation, please log onto:
http://www.indiegogo.com/jimmorphesismonument

View photos of the restoration process: Click Here



MCLA hosts Community Updates on the Mural Ordinance (at Cactus Gallery & California African American Museum)


[Tanner Blackman (City Planning), Isabel Rojas-Williams (MCLA's E.D.), Sandra Mastroiannii (Cactus Gallery), and Tricia Robbins (CM Jose Huizar's Planning Deputy)
Photo Credit: José Ramírez-González, Jr.

On November 3rd, 2011 at Cactus Gallery in Eagle Rock;

On November 15th, 2011  MCLA hosted the informative gathering at the California African American Museum(CAAM), 

On November 30th, 2011 MCLA’s directors Judithe Hernández, Willie Herrón III, Kent Twitchell, Ilia Anossov, and Isabel Rojas-Williams participated in a mural panel discussion held at Known Gallery in West Hollywood


Tanner Blackman (City Planning) & MCLA’s E.D. Isabel Rojas-Williams at CAAM 
Photo Credit: José Ramírez-González, Jr.

Follow MCLA on Facebook to stay up to date with the Mural Ordinance developments:

http://www.facebook.com/muralconservancy
 

November 12, 2011: MCLA and CICLE Team Up for Bike Mural Tour


The Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles (MCLA) and C.I.C.L.E. gathered a wonderful group of over 50 bikers and mural advocates to tour murals in the Downtown LA Arts District. A big thank-you to the sponsors of the Street Mural Ride after party: New Belgium Brewery, Gorilla Arts Studio, Big Man Bakes and Urban Noodle and DJ Alter!


Photo Credit: Isabel Rojas Williams
 
View photos from this event: Click Here



November 13, 2011, “Behind the Berlin Wall” unveiled, The Wende Museum and Archive of the Cold War
5900 Wilshire Blvd. in Los Angeles

MCLA’s Executive Director, Isabel Rojas-Williams was in attendance for the unveiling of “Behind the Berlin Wall” which represents the largest stretch of original Berlin Wall in the world outside of Germany. “The project brought together Herakut, the German-painting duo Jasmin Siddiqui from West Germany and Falk Lehmann from East Germany, Retna (Marquis Lewis ), the street artist from Los Angeles, and D*Face, the British multimedia artist Dean Stockton, who painted murals from left to right on the ‘east side’ of the original Berlin Wall - the side that faced the East German death zone.

Read more about “Behind the Berlin Wall”: Click Here



(L-R)Councilmember Tom LaBonge, Isabel Rojas-Williams, Executive Director of The Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles,
German artists Jasmin Siddiqui (Herakut), and Falk Lehmann (Herakut)
with Germany’s Consul General Wolfgang Drautz, Artworks by D•Face, Herakut, and Retna


November 19, 2011:MCLA's E.D. Isabel Rojas Williams invited to speak at LACMA Mural Tour with Willie Herrón III of ASCO, "Callejón Herrón”, City Terrace


Photo Credit: Isabel Rojas Williams

“What is a mural?” in the 1970s Willie Herrón and his cohorts already had their own idea of what a mural is; something that the City is still grappling to define. ASCO’s mural representations were distinctive versions and at once celebratory and critical of the genre.

Even though LACMA commissioned Willie Herrón to create "Asco: East of No West", a mural based on Harry Gamboa’s photograph of the1972 ASCO performance "Walking Mural", there can be no doubt that Willie’s creation of this mural was guided by his sheer love of the arts and of his neighborhood. City Terrace is where Willie Herrón lives and where he continues to create artworks that have become part of the fabric of greater Los Angeles. Willie Herrón, along with Patssi, Gronk, and Harry, were, in the 1970s, pioneers of what became a famous avant garde group. These young radicals as they walked through the streets of East Los Angeles as tableau vivants, dressed as La Virgen de Guadalupe, the Walking Mural, and a Christmas Tree, placed the name of East Los Angeles at the forefront of the Art World and helped positioned Los Angeles as one of the Mural Capitals of the World.

The Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles would like to recognize Willie Herrón and ASCO as one of the most important conceptual artists from East Los Angeles (by Isabel Rojas-Williams on occasion of the Asco Mural Tour by LACMA at “Callejón Herrón”.)



Photo Credit: Isabel Rojas Williams

Artist of the Month

Willie Middlebrook

“Willie Robert Middlebrook, husband, father of five and grandfather. Willie Middlebrook has an Associate of Arts degree in Art / Photography from Compton Community College (1978) and a Certificate in Design from the Communicative Arts Academy (1975). Mr. Middlebrook has been a working professional artist/photographer for over 20 years working throughout Southern California. During this time Mr. Middlebrook has also been involved in numerous arts and artist run organizations both local and national, received numerous awards & honors, has and is lecturing about & exhibiting his works throughout the United States.” [http://photocollect.com/bios/middlebrook.html]

Click Here to find out more about Willie Middlebrook

 
Middlebrook recounts his earliest involvement in the arts “It’s all I know; Mother showed me how to draw when I was in first grade from that point on I was always the school artist, then when I was in high school my Father introduced me to Artists Wes Hall and John Outterbridge.  I have been in the Arts all of my life.”
  

Read Full Interview Here

Photo Courtesy of Willie Middlebrook
2011


 
Murals in the News:

Boyle Heights Streets a Canvas: But Historic Murals Are Neglected

Boyle Heights Beat | Angel Lizarraga| October 28, 2011
 
The streets of Boyle Heights are like an art gallery, with walls that act as canvases. Images of brown pride and indigenous symbols tell stories from the past, and the now faded colors of decades-old murals still brighten the community. Yet many people today walk by these murals without knowing their significance. Many of these works of art are neglected. Some suffer from constant vandalism and whitewashing, and their rich history is disappearing.
 
Read full article here

Departures Highland Park
Judithe Hernandez, Reclaiming the City, Preserving Murals

“Departures” is a new online video documentary series by KCET exploring the neighborhoods of Los Angeles and their history. In this segment about Highland Park, Judithe Hernándezcomments on the preservation of murals, an art form that was reintroduced to Los Angeles by the Chicano Art Movement. Judithe Hernandez was a member of the celebrated East Los Angeles artist collective "Los Four" and one of the pioneering artists in the vanguard of the Chicano Art Mural Movement of the 1960s and 1970s”


Watch video 

 




Upcoming MCLA Mural Tour


MCLA actively organizes mural tours throughout Los Angeles as a way to connect communities directly with these important public works. Follow MCLA on Facebook or visit our events page to stay up-to-date on upcoming mural tours throughout Los Angeles!
 
Upcoming Events:http://muralconservancy.org/events
Follow us on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/muralconservancy






L.A. Artist Remixes Lost and Iconic Eastside Murals

KCET So Cal Focus | Adolfo Guzman-Lopez | November 1, 2011 
 “It was another one of those wine and cheese art openings, the ones I keep dragging myself to and keep writing about. At this one though, 20-foot Chicanos erased themselves and in the same act replaced the various shades of their brown skins with reproductions of iconic and lost East L.A. murals.”
  Read full article here

Mural Capital of the World: A Paradise Lost? Or Can LA Bring it Back 
Neon Tommy | Dan Watson and Jacob Chung| November 13, 2011

“One of LA’s most famous muralists, Kent Twitchell, remembers the 1960s and 70s fondly. It was a time when an artistic paradise bloomed in Los Angeles. “We turned it into the Mural Capital of the World,” says Twitchell, recalling an LA that left murals unregulated, and when graffiti was of no real concern. Decades later, most public murals, even his, are of a bygone era, either removed, defaced beyond recognition or neglected to the point of complete destruction.”
 
Read full article

 

Restoration of Twitchell's "Jim Morphesis Monument" Begins
KCET Departures |Ed Fuentes| November 18, 2011

“The Los Angeles Mural Conservancy is leading the restoration of Kent Twitchell's "Jim Morphesis Monument," one segment of his "Seventh Street Altarpiece" at Grand and the 101 Freeway. The 1984 Olympic-era mural began undergoing graffiti removal Tuesday by mural conservation expert Scott Haskins.”
 
Read full article

Talk Begins on Revised Mural Law 
Echo Park Patch | Anthea Raymond | November 4, 2011 
 
“The public outreach meeting hosted by the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles at Eagle Rock’s Cactus Gallery on Thursday evening started with a deceptively complicated question—What is a mural? The question was posed by Tanner Blackman of the Los Angeles planning code studies department, who has been charged by the city council with penning an ordinance that will allow murals to be legally painted on private property for the first time in nine years.”

Read full article here

Los Angeles mural regulations may be loosening soon
Sundial CSUM | Joelle Katz| November 7th, 2011

 

“Rules governing murals in Los Angeles could be loosened now that L.A. City Council members voted in favor of revising the law last month. The city put a ban on private property murals in 2002 after outdoor advertising companies sued the city council for regulating signs, but not murals, said Rick Coca, spokesman for District 14.”
 

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The Mural is the New Chicano
KCET Departures | Ed Fuentes | November 15, 2011 
 The art that spread the messages of neighborhood truths is now the one that has been disenfranchised, downtrodden, and suspect of being part of a larger criminal element. It is even on the cusp of being overshadowed by street art, sometimes considered to be the center of the current mural revival.
Read Full Article Here

 
 
Greetings from the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles!
 
This fall has been a very busy time for us at MCLA , here is a look at what we have been up to!


Events from October 2011

Joint Planning+Arts Committee of the City Council
 
 On October 12, 2011, a joint meeting between Special Planning & Land Use Management and Arts, Parks, & Neighborhood Committee took place at L.A. City Hall to discuss amending the city’s sign code to permit murals on private property.  The joint-committee discussed policy regarding murals and the Councilmembers gave the departments direction for the mural ordinance. For this purpose, the Planning Department will be offering workshops throughout Los Angeles on recent actions by the City Council to end the current ban on murals and seek input from muralists and community members on how to shape the new ordinance.

Your participation in L.A.’s art community is crucial. Attend the Planning Department informative workshops! 


Learn about future developments at:
 www.muralconservancy.org
www.facebook.com/muralconservancy


Photo Credit:  Isabel Rojas Williams
Councilmembers: Paul Krekorian (District 2), Ed P. Reyes (District 1), and  José Huizar (District 14).

                                                     
MCLA at the Miracle Mile Art Walk (MMAW)

On Saturday October 22nd, 2011, muralist and co-founder of MCLA, Kent Twitchell, was finishing the final phase of his segment of the Berlin "Wall Along Wilshire” in situ during the Miracle Mile Art Walk (MMAW). The 5900 “Wall Along Wilshire” festivities included The Mural Conservancy Los Angeles (MCLA), Tanner Blackman (City of LA Department of Planning - Code Studies Division), and Canlove.org and the DoART Foundation. These L.A. based art and advocacy groups offered interactive art activities, and discussions. They talked with the public about the current state of murals in Los Angeles, the recent efforts to create a mural ordinance, and what Angelenos can do to support mural art in Los Angeles. Sponsors and supporters of the MMAW included: The Mural Conservancy Los Angeles (MCLA), MCWCC, LACMA Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5900 Wilshire, Friends of Mid City West, City of L.A., Canlove.org, the DoART Foundation, Schlep and Fetch, all area museums and over 55 galleries located throughout the Miracle Mile Arts District.

    
Photo Credit: Isabel Rojas Williams
Students and teachers from Golden Valley High School in Bakersfield, CA,
that came to the Berlin "Wall Along Wilshire" while muralist Kent Twitchell was painting 


MCLA Partners with the West Adams Heritage Association and the California African American Museum
On October 22, 2011, The Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles (MCLA), the West Adams Heritage Association (WAHA), and the California African American Museum (CAAM) partnered once more to bring awareness to the historic murals created by artists Charles Alston and Hale Woodruff, they have become cultural landmarks in African American History at the Golden State Mutual Life Building. The iconic 1949 murals by Alston and Woodruff "Exploration and Colonization" and "Settlement and Development" spoke of profound changes within the African-American communities and were commissioned for the Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Co. (corner of Western Ave & West Adams Blvd). The murals, depicting scenes of African Americans’ contributions to California history, are endangered and threatened with removal. 


" Exploration in Colonization" By Charles Alston and "Settlement and Development" By Hale Woodruff
Images courtesy of Robin Dunitz

MCLA Free Walking Tour of L.A. Arts District to students from the Ambassador School of Global Leadership


On October 28, 2011, MCLA offered a free walking mural tour of the L.A. Arts District to students from the Ambassador School of Global Leadership (ASGL) who were brought by their Art Teacher Jay Davis. VYAL ONE was in attendance to speak to the students about the piece he did in collaboration with CBS crew at the corner of 2nd St. & Garey Street and his experiences as a Graffiti artist in L.A. Daniel Lahoda spoke about the different murals he curates at the L.A. Arts District. MCLA's executive director, Isabel Rojas-Williams, spoke about the issues surrounding mural art today, L.A.'s richly diverse culture and the importance of L.A. youth in helping protect the history of Los Angeles as depicted in its mural. MCLA's docents Kelly Hilker and Hanh Nguye, took turns to speaking about different murals, while volunteer Ian Robertson took photos of the event. All of it was documented by a photographer sent by the L.A. Times.



Photo Credit: Ian Robertson

" El Callejón Herrón" Mural Tour by Willie Herrón 

On October 30, 2011, El “Callejón Herrón” mural tour was narrated by celebrated artist Willie Herrón, debuting the PST’s newly commissioned mural “ASCO – EAST OF NO WEST.” Also highlighting the murals “The Plumed Serpent,” The Wall that Cracked Open,” and “La Doliente de Hidalgo.” The attendants had the opportunity to view “La Historia de Arte Mexicano” (1985), a mural by Mexican artist, Mario Martin del Campo, which Herrón is in the process of restoring. Special presentation to Willie Herrón by Supervisor Gloria Molina and words by Velma Perdomo ("La Paloma Art"), and the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles (MCLA) executive director, Isabel Rojas-Williams.


Photo Credit: GIl Ortiz Photos

Artist of the Month

Johanna Poethig

“Johanna Poethig is a visual, public and performance artist who has exhibited internationally and has been actively creating public art works, murals, paintings, sculpture and multimedia installations for over 20 years… She has worked in collaboration with other artists, architects, urban planners, design teams, arts commissions, specific communities and cultural groups… Poethig's public artworks intervene in the urban landscape, in neighborhoods, on freeways, in parks, hospitals, schools, homeless shelters, cultural centers, advertising venues and public buildings…She has received numerous commissions and awards for this work. Her paintings, sculpture and installations reflect her interest in satire, symbol, human nature, society and our consumerist culture. She has produced and participated in performance events that mix feminism, global politics, costume, props, cabaret, experimental music and video.”
Find out more about Johanna Poethig 
 
Poethig says she draw her inspiration “from moving, feeling, listening, looking at and thinking about the world and my life in it.   From creative relationships of all kinds. From the great diversity of cultural traditions. From the work of other artists in history and today. From my frustration with the violence, social and economic injustice that insults us everyday. From the fun and trials of being a woman and feminist.  From the mystery of life, the longing for transcendence and the excitement of experimentation and improvisation.”
 

Read Full Interview Here

Photo Courtesy of Johanna Poethig
"Humming with Life"
2011


 
Murals in the News:


Carmen Trutanich's War on Art Murals: Can a bumbling L.A. City Council revive the local street art form?


Los Angeles Daily News | Dakota Smith, Staff Writer | October 13, 2011“After a nearly decade long ban on murals appearing on private property, Los Angeles is seeking to overhaul its rules so art can once again flourish on private walls. The city, which has long looked to Portland, Ore., as a model for biking and street car transportation, is once again going north for inspiration on its mural ordinance. L.A. has formed the Mural Task Force to craft a draft ordinance and is speaking to attorneys and planners in Portland to better understand that city's mural regulations. "There are two policy goals," said Tanner Blackman, the Los Angeles city planner in charge of the Mural Task Force. "To preserve and protect existing murals, and create an environment for new ones."
Read full article here

 




Upcoming MCLA Mural Tour


On Saturday, November 12, 2011, join MCLA and C.I.C.L.E. for a bike tour of Downtown Los Angeles and Lincoln Heights. After the 7-mile bike tour, join your fellow riders and tour docents for a reception, refreshments, and raffles at Gorilla Studios in Lincoln Heights.
 
The suggested donation of just $10 per person includes 1 reserved space on the tour, 1 beer ticket (21 and over), 1 raffle ticket, and complimentary refreshments.(All ages are welcome and be sure to BYOB: Bring Your Own Bike)
 
Have questions about the tour? Call: 213-291-6900. 
or for more information CLICK HERE






 

 

Saber, Graffiti Artist, Fights To Lift Mural Ban In LA

Huffington Post | Andrew Reilly | October 24, 2011

“For the artist Saber, participation in the democratic process has always been complicated. He's an international graffiti legend, holding the world record for the largest graffiti piece, done along the LA river in 1997. Despite its place in the history books, the city of Los Angeles spent a whopping $837,000 to paint over it in 2009. Now Saber is approaching public art laws from a different angle, spearheading an effort to reform Los Angeles' mural policies.”
 
Read full article here

Highland Park AT&T Building Mural Finally Restored  
Neon Tommy, Annenberg Digital News | Molly Gray| October 22, 2011
 
“When Liz Torres first moved to Highland Park, 35 years ago, she fell in love with a mural just two blocks from her home…She took all her friends to see it — that is until it became an eyesore covered in graffiti.
But today, that has changed.” 
 
Read full article here

 

A visual "mashup" of Chicano muralism at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Art Daily.org | Author Unlisted | October 24, 2011
 
“Sandra de la Loza, founder of the Pocho Research Society of Erased and Invisible History, presents a visual “mashup” of Chicano muralism by sampling obscure and forgotten details in L.A. murals produced in Los Angeles during the Chicano movement of the 1970s. Taking the role of a performative archivist, she extracts, slices, and blows up archival material to create a multi-media installation that provides a constantly shifting glance at Chicano muralism.”
 
Read full article

 

 









 



 



L.A. to draw a finer line on murals as art, not ads: Under pressure from artists, the council is revising a 2002 law banning murals on most private property to legalize the city's best-known works and some more recent pieces.

Los Angeles Times | Richard Winton | October 24, 2011



 “From the aging homages to Chicano history on the Eastside to Shepard Fairey's towering "Peace Goddess" watching over downtown, Los Angeles has earned a reputation as the street mural capital of the world. But for nearly a decade, much of this artwork has been done illicitly. City ordinances make it illegal to create murals on the vast majority of private properties. Officials estimate that more than 300 murals have been painted over in the last several years, a fact that has frustrated artists as well as property owners who commission the murals.” 
Read Full Article Here
 

Greetings from the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles!
 
Here is a look at what MCLA has been up to the past month!

Events from September 2011

The Great Wall of Los Angeles: Restoration & Re-dedication 
 Saturday, September 17, 2011

On Saturday, September 17th, The Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles was happy to help celebrate the completed restoration of the “Great Wall of Los Angeles”. Community members from across Los Angeles joined artists, art advocates, and politicians to honor the legacy of this historic work of art.
 
"The Great Wall of Los Angeles is a mural designed by Judy Baca and executed by community youth and artists coordinated by the Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC). It is located in the community of Valley Glen, on the concrete sides of the Tujunga Wash. With a length of 2,754 feet (840 m), it is credited as one of the longest murals in the world.

The mural depicts the history of California through several panels; the first panels begin with prehistory and colonialism, but most of the following panels deal with events of the 20th century. It was created in conjunction with the rise of the Chicano Movement of the 1960s-1980s. The Great Wall of Los Angeles also places emphasis on the history of Native Americans and minorities with sections depicting events such as Japanese internment and civil rights." 


Photo Credit:  Che Pepe


View more photos of the event here

                                                                     

Restoration of Kent Twitchell’s Mural Monuments

Kent Twitchell was one of the first muralists that created magnificent public art throughout the greater Los Angeles area. He began his career in the early 1970s. Twitchell’s realistic and unique style make his portrait murals readily recognizable world-wide. He has recently completed restoration work on a few of his famous murals in Los Angeles including the first mural he ever painted "Steve McQueen Monument," "Strother Martin Monument," and "The Word" at Biola University in La Mirada. Kent Twitchell co-founded the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles in 1987 and he is currently MCLA's vice-president.
The Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles would like to acknowledge Kent Twitchell for his seminal role in helping to make Los Angeles one of the mural capitals of the world. With his dedication, Twitchell is striving to return Los Angeles to its former mural glory. Congratulations, and thanks, Mr. Twitchell! 
Isabel Rojas Williams


Restoration of "The Word" Mural at Biola University

View more photos of these important works here

Pacific Standard Time Opening at the California African American Museum (CAAM) 
 Friday September 30, 2011
As a part of Pacific Standard Time (PST) – a citywide retrospective of art in Los Angeles from 1945 to 1980 – The Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles partnered with the California African American Museum (CAAM) for Places of Validation (POV), Art & Progression to create a comprehensive exhibition of the African American contributions to mural arts of Los Angeles.  For more info about these exhibits and the California African American Museum(CAAM), log onto www.caamuseum.org– and stay up to date with Pacific Standard Time by visiting www.pacificstandardtime.org.

         
Photo Credit:Mark Santa Ines and Kelly Hilker                                                                                             

Artist of the Month

Ulysses S. Jenkins

“Ulysses Jenkinsis a video/performance artist; M.F.A., Intermedia -Video/Performance Art, Otis College of Art, Los Angeles, CA, 1979; B.A., Fine Arts - Painting/Drawing, Southern University, Baton Rouge, LA, 1969.  Mr. Jenkins has taught video production (lecturer) at the University of California, San Diego (1979-81), Otis College of Art (1982-84) and performance art at California State University, Dominguez Hills (1981).  He currently is an Associate Professor at the University of California, Irvine in the Claire Treavor School of the Arts, Department of Studio Art (1993-2005) in video art production and performance art instruction and as an affiliate professor with the African-American Studies program in the Department of Humanities.” 
Find out more about Ulysses S. Jenkins
 
“My current projects are based upon my travels to Brazil and making comparisons between the Afro-Brazilian and Afro-American cultures.  I been doing this in performance art works and video documentaries the LA dance company: “Viver Brasil”.  I feel there are spiritual lessons Afro-Americans can learn from their continued unbroken practices of African religious practices which most African-Americans have lost.   And learn more about our lost indigenous selves. I witnessed this in the practice of Condombe in Salvador,Bahia, Brasil.”  

  Read full interview here

Photo Credits:
Title: The Azz Izz Is
Year: 1976
Media/Size: N/A
Address: Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles, Ca 90043
Summary: N/A
  


 
Murals in the News:



A permanent ASCO mural is slated for City Terrace ( Willie Herrón )

Los Angeles Times, September 12, 2011 



“The 1970s Chicano art group ASCO, which is the subject of a fine retrospective exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, is known for its wry take on the 20th century tradition of Mexican murals. ASCO's distinctive versions were at once celebratory and critical of the genre, committed to the public posture of mural art but skeptical of its institutionalized status.“

Read full article here

Photo Credit: Willie Herrón III's "The Wall That Crack'd Open" and, bottom, "Plumed Serpent," both 1972. Credit: Christopher Knight / Los Angeles Times

 




Upcoming MCLA Mural Tours


Dates TBA via FB page, website and Twitter
Locations: Estrada Courts, Ramona Gardens, The Great Wall of Los Angeles, West Adams District and/or DTLA

Photo Credit: Mark Santa Ines


 

Shifra Goldman dies at 85; Champion of Modern Mexican Art: Shifra Goldman was a civil rights and anti-Vietnam War activist who joined the Mexican American rights movement in Los Angeles and helped elevate Latin American and Chicano art history into legitimate fields of study.

Los Angeles Times, September 19, 2011

“In the early 1970s, when Shifra Goldman proposed a doctoral dissertation on modern Mexican art, her professors at UCLAsneered. Compared to European art, the art of Latin America was, in their view, imitative, too political, unworthy of serious scholarly attention…But Goldman, a scrappy civil rights and anti-Vietnam Waractivist who went back to school in her mid-30s, refused to consider a more mainstream topic. Describing herself years later as a person who was "born on the margins, lived on the margins and … always sympathized with the margins," she bided her time for several years until a more open-minded professor arrived who was willing to supervise her research.” 

Read full article

Photo Credit:
 This 1995 photograph shows her with her newly published book on the subject, "Dimensions of the Americas." (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times / September 20, 2011)

The Great Wall of L.A., Legendary L.A. River Mural, Restored to former glory 
LA Weekly, September 19, 2011 
 

“… when UCLA Chicano Studies professor Judy Bacabroke ground here in 1974, she was still green, an artist and activist hailing from East L.A. There were no multicultural departments in universities and the notion of histories was not on the radar of a white public. And those gangbangers she united with a paintbrush? This was before we called them at-risk youth, and this was fifteen years before Garfield High calculus teacher Jaime Escalante shook hands with Ronald Reagan.” 

Read full article here
  
Photo Credit: Sam Bloch

 

Orange County Register, September 21st, 2011 



“Through the years, Gronk has exhibited an uncanny power to reinvent himself, displaying his talent through drawings, paintings, sculpture, street murals, opera set design, performance art and even animated films,” the college Fine Arts Division said in a release. “Today, Gronk is internationally regarded as one of the most important contemporary Chicano artists.”  




Read full article here

Photo Credit:"Untitled Piece" by "Gronk" Nicandro is being unveiled at Fullerton College. (Courtesy of Stephanie Reyna/Fullerton College)

Greetings from the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles!
 
Here is a look at what MCLA has been up the past month!

Events from August 2011

MCLA at The 5th Annual Estria Invitational Graffiti Battle at Crewest
 Saturday, August 13, 2011



The Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles (MCLA) was happy to support the 5th Annual Estria Invitational Graffiti Battle, a nationwide urban art competition that honors and advances creativity in the Hip Hop arts. The event was a friendly gathering of artists, families, friends, art aficionados, and L.A. City officials. Offering opportunities such as this one at Crewest Gallery, are of extreme importance for youth to express themselves freely, legally, and safely.

             
 Photo Credit: Isabel Rojas Williams

See photos of the event here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.269745779718858.85373.16276838...
 
                                                                     

MCLA at Freedom Fest: Los Angeles State Historic Park
 September 4, 2011 



The Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles hosted a table at Freedom Festival 2011, an event “showcasing music and art from some of today's most influential bands and artists.  We would like to say thank you to everyone that visited our booth at Freedom Fest and we would especially like to thank those who participated in our raffle featuring live painting by artist and MCLA intern, Ian Robertson!

Raffle winners took home an original painting by Ian Robertson along with other fabulous gifts. Raffles winners were: 1st Place -  Alison Franson, 2nd Place - Cynthia Besa and 3rd Place - Alison Franson


Photo Credits: Mark Santa Ines

See more photos of the event: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.281608471865922.87670.16276838...

Artist of the Month

Fabian Debora

“Born in El Paso, Texas, in 1975. Fabian Debora is a painter and a muralist. He has pursued his love for art since early childhood. He lives and works in Los Angeles.”

Read his interview here: https://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=162768383749932&topic=407

To find out more about Fabian Debora, please visit: http://www.fabianspadedebora.com/

 
Restoration & Celebration of The Great Wall of Los Angeles


MCLA’s Executive Director Isabel Rojas Williams, toured the iconic "The Great Wall of Los Angeles" on Septemebr 1, 2011. Guided by The walls creator Judy Baca and SPARCs Executive Director Debra Padilla.
Judy Baca, who founded SPARC in 1976, has been greatly inspired by the "Three Greats": Orozco, Rivera, and Siqueiros. Today, Judy Baca, along with 30 members of a restoration team made up of professional muralists, interns, and local volunteers, is restoring "The Great Wall of Los Angeles."
 
View Additional Photos of the Wall:https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.281381351888634.87612.162768383749932&type=1

Check out the event for the community picnic at "The Wall" - http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=297648466915715


Upcoming Events: September 

MCLA as a part of Pacific Standard Time (PST) September 29th 2011/April 1, 2011 
A citywide retrospective of art in Los Angeles from 1945 to 1980 – The Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles is excited to partner with the California African American Museum (CAAM) for Places of Validation (POV), Art & Progression. For more info about the California African American Museum(CAAM), log ontowww.caamuseum.org– and stay up to date with Pacific Standard Time by visiting www.pacificstandardtime.org.



Upcoming MCLA Mural Tours


Dates TBA via FB page, website and Twitter
Locations: Estrada Courts, Ramona Gardens, The Great Wall of Los Angeles, West Adams District and/or DTLA

Photo Credit: Mark Santa Ines


Upcoming Events Fall 2011

MCLA teams up with C.I.C.L.E. to host a mural tour on bike!
November 12th or 19th 2011  (Date TBA)


Stay tuned for more details about how to register for this amazing tour of some of the Arts District’s most infamous and important murals. Join us after the bike tour for refreshments and a silent auction of original works by L.A’s emerging and established artists! 
 
For more information about purchasing tickets go to our websitewww.muralconservancy.org orwww.facebook.com/muralconservancy
 or C.I.C.L.E. (Cyclists Inciting Change Through Live Exchange), please visit:http://www.cicle.org/
 

Murals in the News:

END OF A SHOW: ART IN THE STREETS 'HOMAGE' TAKEN DOWN 
August 20, 2011

"Art in the Streets" is no more at the Geffen, neither is "Homage to Blade". MCLA was there to document "Art in the Streets" from beginning to end.
Documented by Executive Director of MCLA Isabel Rojas Williams 

See article here: http://www.viewfromaloft.org/2011/08/end-of-a-show.html

KCET DEPARTURES: PUBLIC ART REPLICAS ON THE 101: MURAL OR NOT A MURAL? by Ed Fuentes
August 22, 2011

MCLA is actively working with Caltrans to possibly restore the 1984 Olympic Freeway Murals back to their original glory!
“Four reproductions of iconic Los Angeles murals were planned to be unveiled Monday morning, a second phase from Caltrans to restore public art to the 101 Freeway. But the program designed to fight graffiti is now dealing with theft. Two of the banners, called "mobile murals," were stolen sometime Sunday, before they had a chance to be rolled down and introduced along the walls of the Hollywood Freeway between Grand Avenue and Alameda Street in downtown."

Read the full article here:http://www.kcet.org/socal/departures/landofsunshine/public-art-replicas-on-the-101-mural-or-not-a-mural.html


Greetings from the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles!
 
This has been a very active summer for the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles! With your support we have been able to reach many new community members in Los Angeles and we are steadily building toward reclaiming Los Angeles’ title as one of the Mural Capitals of the World. Please read on for upcoming events, updates about MCLA, and current issues affecting our public murals.
We hope you are having a beautiful summer and we will see you soon!

Events from July 2011

Willie Herrón's 1972 "Joaquin Murieta" re-dedication 
Wednesday July 27, 2011
“Isabel Rojas Williams, with the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles, welcomed about 50 people to an alley next to the Murieta mural just as the sun got ready to set. “Joaquin Murieta was my connection, my emotional reach to my country of birth, to Chile and to my newly acquired, Mexican community in East Los Angeles," she said.
Read on: http://www.kcet.org/updaily/socal_focus/commentary/movie-miento/chill-35...

                                                                            
                                                                     Photo Credit: Stephen Williams

Bloomfest 2011 
Saturday July 23, 2011
The Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles (MCLA), joined thousands of Angelenos for a full day of music, art, and food as well as celebrating Joel Bloom the pioneer community activist who helped shape the Dowtown Arts District in Los Angeles.

Photo Credit: Stephen Williams

Saturday, August 6th, 2011 
MCLA's Executive Director, Isabel Rojas-Williams, represented the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles as part of the Honorary Committee at Avenue 50 Studio's annual Silent and Live Auction Fundraiser at the residence of Judge Ricardo Muñoz and Mrs. Teresa Muñoz. Avenue 50 Studio. Honorary Host Commitee included: Ed. P. Reyes, Councilman, 1st District; Carmela Gomes, Historic Highland Park Heritage Trust; Heather Hoggan, Co-President, Arroyo California Council for the Humanities*; among many others.

"Jaguar Over the City"- Raoul De la Sota,Photo Courtesy of Avenue 50 Studio

Artist of the Month

Art Mortimer is considered “one of the originators of the mural movement in Los Angeles, his mural work has been featured in numerous exhibitions and photographic collections, as well as in newspapers, magazines, books, television and films all across the United States and in many countries around the world.
Read on: https://www.facebook.com/topic.php?topic=399&post=1135&uid=162768383749932

(Photo Credit: Art Mortimer)
"The painted archway, on the specially constricted wall extension, depicts an idealized view of the Sam Gabriel Valley in about 1910. On the lower wall, extending about 250 feet on either side of the archway, are painted flowering vines" (Art Mortimer)

 
August 19th, 2011
(11-6 pm): Expo-Mexico Emprende

MCLA will be hosting an info table along with Federación Chihuahua, featuring Los Angeles’ Murals
 
Location:LA Convention Center Downtown LA- (Chihuahua Booth)
 
For more info, please visit:http://www.lacclink.com/events/eventscalendardetail.aspx?id=25767

Upcoming Events August 2011

Saturday, August 13, 2011 (12-6pm): The 5th Annual Estria Invitational Graffiti Battle at Crewest 

The Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles (MCLA) is happy to support the 5th Annual Estria Invitational Graffiti Battle,"Through embracing the younger generations of urban artists, such as those represented at the Estria Invitational Graffiti Battle, the history of Los Angeles will be preserved as depicted in its richly diverse public art." -Isabel Rojas Williams
MCLA will be hosting an info table where you can find out more about us or enroll in membership.
 
Location:110 Winston St. in front of Crewest, from 12-6pm.
Admission: FREE
 
To find out more about the Estria Foundation, please visit:http://estriabattle.com/?portfolio=los-angeles-2011
For more information about Crewest, please visit:http://www.crewest.com/


Upcoming Events Fall 2011

September 26-October 3, 2011 - LA Art Platform at LA Mart:

MCLA has proposed a visual mural tour (1945-1980) as a part of The L.A. Art Platform, “an art fair [that] will demonstrate the rich and diverse cultural landscape of Southern California and underscore Los Angeles’ influential position within the contemporary art world.”
For more info about the LA Art Platform, log onto:www.artplatform-losangeles.com.

September/October 2011

As a part of Pacific Standard Time (PST) – a citywide retrospective of art in Los Angeles from 1945 to 1980 – The Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles is excited to partner with the California African American Museum (CAAM) in presenting a visual mural tour forPlaces of Validation (POV), Art & Progression.

For more info about the California African American Museum(CAAM), log onto www.caamuseum.org– and stay up to date with Pacific Standard Time by visitingwww.pacificstandardtime.org.

Upcoming MCLA Mural Tours:

Dates TBA via FB page, website, and Twitter
Locations: Estrada Courts, Ramona Gardens, West Adams District and/or DTLA

Photo Credit:Collage of African American Murals by Mark Santa Ines

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