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In 1932 Mexican muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros painted América
Tropical on a wall on Olvera Street in downtown Los Angeles. The
political content of the mural outraged some of the city's civic
leaders, and not long after its completion the mural was painted
over. Forgotten for decades, it was left to languish in the strong
California sun. In the early 1970s, the first efforts to preserve
the fading masterpiece began, but it wasn't until the late 1980s
that, with the assistance of the Getty Conservation Institute, substantial
steps were taken to rescue the only surviving public mural by Siqueiros
in the United States.
The Aesthetics of Urban Places: A Conversation with Henry G. Cisneros
The United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development discusses historic preservation, the need for a human dimension in urban design, and his commitment to making art and culture an integral part of the public environment.
After the Quake: Historic Preservation in Los Angeles
The earthquake that struck Los Angeles on January 17, 1994, crushed lives, destroyed highways, turned parking structures into rubble, and brought the contents of buildings crashing to the floor. In the midst of this devastation, more than five hundred officially designated Southern California landmarks and other historically or architecturally significant buildings were damaged. Following the quake, several organizations, including the Getty Conservation Institute, quickly formed Historic Preservation Partners for Earthquake Response, a consortium with the mission of saving this threatened heritage.
Picture L.A.: Landmarks of a New Generation
Los Angeles, among the youngest of the world's major cities, has produced a wide variety of landmarks even within its relatively brief life. For several years, the Getty Conservation Institute has been interested in learning more about Los Angeles landmarks as part of its effort to preserve the cultural heritage of its home community. A 1992 Institute study indicated that many groups traditionally have been underrepresented in the city's official landmark programs. In light of this, the GCI gathered together a group of ethnically diverse youths in order to learn more about different viewpoints on what constitutes a landmark.
Updates on Getty Conservation Institute projects, events, courses, publications, and staff.
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