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March 2013

Craft and Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) Tour Arts District  in Downtown LA

What we have been up to...

Craft and Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) Tour
Arts District  in Downtown LA
February 23rd 2013

On Saturday, February 23rd 2013, MCLA hosted a mural tour to the Craft and Folk Art Museum (CAFAM), of the Arts District in Downtown LA. The tour started off with unexpected special guest, Jim Morphesis, an artist and the model for Kent Twitchell’s iconic 1984 “Jim Morhphesis Monument” mural, which MCLA restored in late 2011. Daniel Lahoda, curator of the Arts District,  and owner of LALA Gallery, later joined us. Daniel spoke about the newest addition to the Arts District, a second mural from the series, Beautifully Destroyed, by street artist RISK . 

(Photo © Ian Robertson-Salt, 2013)
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Going to the Olympics Freeway Workshop
February 14th 2013

In honor of Valentines Day, MCLA decided to show some mural love and host a Freeway Workshop for Frank Romero’s Going to the Olympics, a 1984 Olympic Freeway Mural. Artists, art students, and art advocates from Otis College of Art and Design were invited to observe as MCLA’s commissioned restorer Willie Herrón III worked his restoration magic. Herrón and MCLA’s Executive Director, Isabel Rojas-Williams, spoke about the importance of restoring LA’s historic murals, and the technical process involved in bringing these works back. Also in attendance was street artist RISK, and Frank Romero’s daughter, Sonia Romero. 

Going to the Olympics Freeway Workshop	 
(Photo © Birdman Photos, 2013)
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MCLA in the Los Angeles Times
March 1st 2013

Recently, MCLA’s Executive Director, Isabel Rojas-Williams, was interviewed by the Los Angeles Times about MCLA’s 1984 Olympic Freeway Mural restorations. This marks an exciting time at MCLA, and we are honored to be featured!  Click here to read the full article.
MCLA in The Los Angeles Times
(Photo © Ian Robertson-Salt, 2013)

Murals in the News:

East L.A. Murals Come to Life in School Plays
LA Times | February 8th 2013 | Dalina Castellanos
Graffiti House L.A. Looks to Be a Hub . . .
Blogs LA Weekly | February 8th 2013 | Eva Recinos
'Hollywood Jazz' Mural Lives On More Brightly
LA Times | February 19th 2013 | Randy Lewis
UCLA Students Discover Black History Mural . . .
CBS Los Angeles | February 22nd 2013
Bringing back a piece of L.A.'s Olympic glory
Los Angeles Times | March 1st 2013 | Deborah Vankin 

Artist of the Month: RISK 
Artist of the Month March 2013 Risk

"In a career spanning 30 years, RISK has impacted the evolution of graffiti as an art form in Los Angeles and worldwide. RISK gained major notoriety for his unique style and pushed the limits of graffiti further than any writer in L.A. had before: He was one of the first writers in Southern California to paint freight trains, and he pioneered writing on “heavens,” or freeway overpasses. At the peak of his career he took graffiti from the streets and into the gallery with the launch of the Third rail series of art shows, and later parlayed the name into the first authentic line of graffiti inspired clothing..." To read more, click here

Left: Photo © Birdman Photos, 2013, RISK with MCLA’s Executive Director, Isabel Rojas-Williams

Right Photo © Ian Robertson-Salt, 2012 , "Beautifully Destroyed", 2012

In This Issue...

  • MCLA Mural Tour with CAFAM
  • Restoration Workshop ofGoing to the Olympics
  • Artist of the Month: Kelly "RISK" Graval

Upcoming MCLA Mural Tours:

MCLA actively organizes mural tours throughout Los Angeles as a way to connect communities directly with these important public works. Follow MCLA on Facebook or visit our events page to stay up-to-date on upcoming mural tours throughout Los Angeles!

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At a glance...

MCLA Lectures at
América Tropical
Interpretive Center (ATIC)
February 5th 2013 &
February 6th 2013 

Early in February, MCLA’s Executive Director Isabel Rojas-Williams, lectured at the América Tropical Interpretive Center (ATIC), for graduate students from CSULA, as well as students from Pomona College Museum of Art. Both lectures discussed David Alfaro Siqueiros’ life and legacy as a muralist. Special guest Chris Espinosa, El Pueblo’s Manager, spoke at both lectures about the City of Los Angeles and The Getty Conservation Institute’s (GCI) involvement in this project’s fruition.  What a treat for these young and eager students!

MCLA Lectures at América Tropical Interpretive Center (ATIC) 
(Photo © Ian Robertson-Salt, 2013)
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Meeting Levi Ponce
February 20th 2013 

MCLA had the pleasure of interviewing muralist Levi Ponce, who over the last year has been involved in the creation of over 10 murals in the San Fernando Valley. Check back next month to view our exclusive interview in front of his popular mural, Pacoima Art Revolution. 
Pacoima Art Revolution, by Levi Ponce, 2013

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(Photo © Ian Robertson-Salt, 2013)

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