Mexican muralist to be honored at ELAC

By Joshua Inglada

A slideshow of muralist Raúl Anguiano’s work will be shown to honor his memory tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. in the G3 Ingalls Auditorium.

Anguiano’s “A Biography of Mexican Painting,” his last mural in his career, is at East Los Angeles College.

The mural also serves as a visual biography of his life’s work and the development of Mexican art as a whole.

It contains portraits of artists such as Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Jose Clemente Orozco and several other influential Mexican figures.

“We will offer a VIP reception at 5 p.m. and special viewing of the mural Raúl Anguiano painted and other select artwork at our campus,” Dean of Resource and Institutional Development Paul De La Cerda said.

Internationally acclaimed speaker and Smithsonian scholar Gregorio Luke will speak about Anguiano and provide a slideshow after the presentation at 6:30 p.m. It will serve as the main focus of the event.

“In this lecture, I draw on the many and rich conversations I had with the Maestro,” Luke said.

Pictures of Anguiano’s famous murals will be projected onto a large screen for viewing.

Moments from Anguiano’s life will also be shown, such as his expedition to the Mayan ruins of Bonampak in 1949.

“The Anguiano mural at East Los Angeles College is an unknown masterpiece,” Luke said.

“A few months ago, I gave a lecture on Anguiano in Mexico’s prestigious Palacio de Bellas Artes. Critics and collectors were amazed when they saw slides of this mural.”

The Raúl Anguiano Centennial event is free and open to the public.

Students are encouraged to attend to learn more about the world of art.

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