Siqueiros: Walls of Passion
By Lorena Manríquez and Miguel Picker. A Co-Production of Andes Media and Independent Television Service, in association with Latino Public Broadcasting.
The story of Mexican visual artist David Alfaro Siqueiros, one of the great artists of the 20th century and one of three great Mexican muralists, along with Diego Rivera and José Clemente Orozco. As one of the primary advocates of modern public art - he was one of the first muralists to paint on the exterior of buildings to bring art closer to the people, Siqueiros made his name on the world stage: he painted murals in Mexico, the U.S., Cuba, Chile, and Argentina; fought as a soldier in the Mexican Revolution and the Spanish Civil War; and even taught Jackson Pollock the drip technique in his experimental workshop in New York.
SIQUEIROS: WALLS OF PASSION captures the story of Siqueiros, a controversy-stirring revolutionary and lifetime activist who lived with theatrical flair and painted on an epic scale. The film also touches upon the resurrection of his Los Angeles Mural “America Tropical,” located at the birthplace of Los Angeles and later championed by the Chicano movement as a symbol of its oppressed culture.
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