CHOUINARD FOUNDATION PRESENTS
DAVID ALFARO SIQUEIROS’S STREET MEETING
A 24’ by 19’ Mural Painted In 1932
Fine Art edition of 50 Serigraph prints will be made
by Natily Gonzalez of Moby Arts
At Los Angeles Art Fair 2021
Los Angeles, CA. (July 22, 2021) The Chouinard Foundation presents the artwork of David Alfaro Siquieros (Mexican, 1896–1974) with an eighteen-month celebration centered around the 90th anniversary of Siquieros’s historic Street Meeting mural. Painted on the Chouinard School during his 1932 stay in Los Angeles, Street Meeting is considered one of Los Angeles’s most important public artworks.
A 24” by 34” hand pulled screen print depicting Street Meeting will debut at the 2021 LA Art Show, located in the Los Angeles Convention Center. An edition of 50 serigraph prints will be made by Natily Gonzalez of Moby Arts, a fine art print house that focuses on bringing groundbreaking artists and charities together for worthy causes.
The Street Meaning print will be published by Luis Garza and Dave Tourjé, chair of the Chouinard Foundation. All known documentation of the historic mural is in black and white, but Gonzalez’s edition will be colorized with interpretation from Luis Garza. Proceeds from the prints will benefit the preservation of the mural and Chouinard building.
In 1932, David Alfaro Siquieros was invited to Los Angeles by Nelbert Chouinard to paint three iconic murals. The first, Street Meeting, was thought to have been lost after it was painted over at the behest of the city fathers in 1932 for endorsing subversive ideas. The mural was rediscovered in 2005 by Luis Garza, Dave Tourjé, Nobuyuki Hadeishi and Jose Luis Sedano in a Chouinard Foundation effort.
Coagula Curatorial’s booth at the 2021 LA ART SHOW brings public awareness to the dangerously fragile state of both the historic Chouinard Building in MacArthur Park and the David Alfaro Siquieros mural painted on its wall. The booth will spark public dialogue for this world art treasure to inspire the necessary responsible development of the property and mural in a comprehensive “adaptive reuse” modality. The booth will also display historical images and artifacts related to the Chouinard School of Art and segments of Garza’s 2010 Siqueiros exhibit at the Autry Museum, including a multimedia exhibit.
Throughout the next eighteen months, the Siqueiros 2022 project will celebrate the legacy of El Maestro David Alfaro Siqueiros’ powerful impact on Southern California and the art world, from his arrival in 1932 at the request of Ms. Chouinard, founder of her eponymous art school.
Siqueiros 2022 will feature the organizers’ vision of developing the site as an adaptive-use cultural center, at the location of the original Chouinard School of Art, to preserve Siqueiros’ Street Meeting mural and create a self-sustaining project to restore the Chouinard School and memorialize its legacy through a development project that will also create commercial space and generate housing for artists, teachers and low-income tenants along with the plans for the Chouinard/Siqueiros Cultural Center.
LA ART SHOW HOURS
Thursday, July 29, 2021 |Opening Night Premiere | 8 PM – 11 PM
Friday, July 30, 2021 | 11 AM – 7 PM
Saturday, July 31, 2021 | 11 AM – 7 PM
Sunday, August 1, 2021 | 11 AM – 5 PM
ABOUT THE CALIFORNIA-MEXICO STUDIES CENTER
The California-Mexico Studies Center (CMSC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit founded by Armando Vasquez-Ramos in 2010 whose mission is to research, develop, promote, and establish policies and programs between higher educational institutions and cultural organizations that will enhance the teaching, mobility and exchange of faculty, students, and professionals between California and the U.S. with Mexico and other nations in the Western Hemisphere. california-mexicocenter.org
ABOUT THE CHOUINARD FOUNDATION
Founded in 1999 by Dave Tourjé and Robert Perine after Tourjé purchased and restored the Chouinard House in South Pasadena, in order to illuminate and celebrate the massive Los Angeles art legacy of Nelbert Chouinard and her school. ChouinardFoundation.org
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