Field Research Project: Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA)
The Historical site that I chose to visit was the Museum of Latin American Art otherwise known as MOLAA. I decided on this specific site partly due to my personal interest in the arts, but also because the museum itself reflects the history of Latin American leadership in the arts and politics. If that wasn't interesting enough the museums local was also a surprise as it was built upon a 1930's art deco roller rink and a 1920's silent movie studio. This only draws you close enough until you enter and are overwhelmed with all the historic stories told through oil, wood, iron, ceramic clay, and stone.
Through those double glass doors I entered and was suddenly filled with overflowing Latino pride as I was taken back by a portrait of Emiliano Zapata, entitled "Un Doble Estudio De Zapata Para El Mural De La Revolucion" (1958- 1959). It was odd as I found myself staring at this painting of a man that has represented so much to the Mexican public as well as to many other Latino cultures abroad. I could see how the artist, David Alfaro Siqueiros (1896- 1974) used his greens, whites, and reds to show his Mexican patriotism and revolutionary activism. He used propylene which is a kind of paint that dries with amazing speed. As I read Siqueiros' mini biography alongside his Zapata painting I could not help but think of his true reason/ reasons for creating it.
I soon discovered that David Alfaro Siqueiros was considered one of the Artistic Masters of the twentieth century. In my eyes he was a pioneer in his own right since he was a young man. At the age of fifteen he was already involved with in the Artistic Studies and political activism and led an organized group of young revolutionaries , called the "Congress of Soldier Artists".
David Alfaro Siqueiros alongside Diego Rivera and Javier Guerrero started " El Machete", a spons…


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