December 5, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Will L.A. Reclaim Its Title as “The Mural Capital of the World?”
MCLA’s Panel Discussion & Exhibition at the L.A. Art Show
CONTACT: Isabel Rojas-Williams, 213-291-6900, Cell: 626-278-0761
The Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles (MCLA), sponsored by the 2014 LA Art Show, is proud to present a panel discussion, "Will L.A. reclaim its title as 'The Mural Capital of the World?'” moderated by Isabel Rojas-Williams (Executive Director, MCLA) on Sunday January 19th, 2014 at 2 p.m. In conjunction with the panel discussion, MCLA will also present a continuous exhibition (January 15th – 19th) at the Convention Center that includes pioneer muralists and artists inspired by LA’s mural culture, connecting the politics of the street to the politics of the canvas.
MCLA will bring together artists Kent Twitchell, Willie Herrón III and Allison “Hueman” Torneros; Councilmember José Huizar (14th District), Felicia Filer (Department of Cultural Affair’s Director of Public Art), and attorney Eric Bjorgum (Karish & Bjorgum) to discuss, from various perspectives, just how Los Angeles, its citizens and visitors, will benefit from the mural ordinance recently passed into law.
Simultaneously, MCLA’s exhibition will showcase artworks by pioneer muralists, such as Kent Twitchell and John Valadez, together with emerging and mid-career artists such as Pablo Cristi, Augustine Kofie, Risk, and Sonia Romero.
Remaining true to our mission, MCLA played a key role in the crafting and passage of the mural ordinance that lifted the 2002 ban on murals and was signed into law by Mayor Garcetti in September, thereby giving a new generation of artists the opportunity to create as freely as their counterparts did in past decades.
With the passage of the ordinance, the cultural landscape of Los Angeles recovers something essential that had been lost for more than ten years. This new mural ordinance changes artists’ relationship with City Hall by 180 degrees, thus giving Los Angeles a new opportunity to once again enjoy a period of fresh cultural renaissance.
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