SIQUIEROS! SIQUIEROS! SIQUERIOS!
Hola Latinopians. Well, this is the month to celebrate the Mexican muralist David Alfaro Siquieros. All the activity is centered around the resurrection of his highly controversial mural, “America Tropical,” which he painted on a wall of a building in Olvera Street way back in 1932! The powers that be at the time got so upset that they had the mural whitewashed. Fast forward to 2012 and eighty years later to the day, on October 9th, 2012, the mural will be unveiled to the public once again! This week we feature a clip from the 1971 documentary “América Tropical,” produced by Latinopia’s own Jesús Treviño. It was this documentary that first brought widespread attention to the whitewashing of the mural and initiated the efforts to preserve the mural.
Also this week, we visit with singer songwriter Mark Guerrero, son of the father of Chicano music, Lalo Guerrero, as he sings an original composition about the whitewashing of the Siquieros mural titled, “Whitewash.” Next week, we will be on the roof with the mural in a special report and hear about the impact the “América Tropical’ mural had on the life and work of three major Chicano muralists.
Also this week, we have another in our on-going series on the Classics of American Latina Literature with a review of Pat Mora’s collection of poems, “Borders,” reviewed by Dr. Thelma T. Reyna. We’re reposting Pat Mora reading her poems as well.
And, of course, get caught up with Sara Inés Calderon’s Thinking Latina blog, the Arnie and Porfi cartoon strip and Zombie Mex Diaries. This time our walking dead boy Lazo gets arrested!
OOXX Your Ever-loving Tia Tenopia