The City Hall Murals: Exploring Their Historic and Cultural Contexts

Description

The Conservancy invites you to a free virtual webinar that explores the cultural themes of the History and Recreation murals, both in their original context as WPA artworks and as viewed from contemporary perspectives.

This event is free and donations are welcome.

Location

Virtual Event via Zoom

Date & Time

Sunday, January 23
5-6:15 p.m.

With issues of racial inequity and social justice at the forefront of our national consciousness, Santa Monica City Hall’s historic murals have come under criticism for not reflecting our contemporary values. Two proposals have advanced in City Council – one to cover the murals from public view, the other to recontextualize them with new interpretive material and additional artwork reflecting new perspectives on our difficult history. The Conservancy opposes covering the historic murals in our landmark City Hall, but we enthusiastically support the recontextualization goals. The opportunity to deepen the thematic content of the murals without censoring them would be a beneficial outcome of the current debate.
 
In that spirit, the Conservancy is presenting The City Hall Murals, a free webinar in our Santa Monica Mosaic series, on Sunday, January 23 at 5 p.m. that explores the cultural themes of the History and Recreation murals, both in their original context as WPA artworks and as viewed from contemporary perspectives.
 
Featured speakers:
  • Kim Morales Johnson, Tongva tribal leader and Board member of the Gabrieliño Tongva Springs Foundation.
  • Sharon Reyes, descendant of the Marquez and Reyes families, owners of the Boca de Santa Monica Rancho.
  • Will South, art historian and biographer of artist Stanton Macdonald-Wright, creator of the murals.
 
Register for The City Hall Murals today! The Zoom link will be included in your registration confirmation.
 
 
Photos: Santa Monica Daily Press; Historical Marker Database.
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