40th Anniversary of the Chicano Moratorium — Mark Vallen’s Art on the Line

(There is a reason to remember muralist David Alfaro Siquieros on the anniversary of the great march of 30,000 against the Vietnam War in East Los Angeles:)

Vallen speaks at Autry National Center sponsored event.

On Saturday, September 18, 2010, Vallen will be speaking about David Alfaro Siqueiros at the Center for the Arts in Eagle Rock, California, at a panel discussion sponsored by the Autry National Center of Los Angeles and the José Vera Gallery of L.A.
Titled A Print Dialogue: Siqueiros & The Graphic Arts, the round-table talk will be moderated by Cynthia McMullen – Senior Curator for the Museum of Latin American Art, with fellow panelists including artists Wayne Healy and Luis Ituarte. Art historian Catha Paquette and curator Lynn LaBate, who collaborated on the Autry’s momentous exhibit Siqueiros in Los Angeles: Censorship Defied (which opens at the Autry on Sept. 24, 2010) will also appear as panelists.
The focus of the panel discussion at the Center for the Arts will be Siqueiros “as a print maker and graphic artist advancing a populist political agenda.” Vallen will spotlight a number of

Ruben Salazar, journalist murdered by LA Police Dept. during the Chicano Moratorium 40 years ago. Print by David Alfaro Siquieros, from the Jose Vera Gallery web site.

Siqueiros’ prints, the stories behind their creation, and why these socially conscious works continue to resonate in today’s world. Vallen will highlight the 1970 lithograph Siqueiros created of L.A. Times reporter Rubén Salazar, printed in the aftermath of the journalist being killed by the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. Salazar was slain during the Chicano Moratorium anti-Vietnam war demonstration of August 1970, where sheriffs also killed three others involved in the massive protest of some 30,000 people.
On Aug. 28, 2010, up to 3,000 people marched in East L.A. in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the Chicano Moratorium; this time protesting the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. As the multitudes passed the spot on Whittier Boulvard where Salazar had been murdered, hundreds of people heaped flowers upon the sidewalk in memory of the slain journalist.

The Siqueiros panel discussion is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. The Center for the Arts is located at 2225 Colorado Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90041-1142. Phone: 323-226-1617. For more information on the event, visit the Art For A Change web log.



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