Mexican muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros began the mural era in Los Angeles in 1932 with his painting of “America Tropical” on the south façade of the second story of the Italian Hall in El Pueblo. The mural depicts a native crucified on a double cross, with what the artist called an “American imperialist eagle” stretching out its talons above him. Siqueiros stated that the mural represented “the destruction of past American national cultures . . . by the invaders of both yesterday and today.” The mural was quickly whitewashed — which as it turned out help preserve the mural. Plans to conserve the mural were announced in 2006.
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