Denver Arts & Venues is pleased to announce a film screening of “Siqueiros: Walls of Passion” and a panel discussion with the Director and several local arts luminaries, Saturday, Oct. 19, 4:30-7 p.m. at McNichols Civic Center Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO. Doors open at 4:30pm, screening begins at 5pm, discussion at 6pm, refreshments provided.
“Siqueiros: Walls of Passion” is a one-hour documentary film about Mexican visual artist David Alfaro Siqueiros (1896–1974) and the resurrection of his Los Angeles mural “América Tropical.” The mural, centered in the cradle of Los Angeles, was later championed by the Chicano movement as a symbol of its oppressed culture. One of the great Mexican artists of the 20th century and one of three great Mexican muralists (with Diego Rivera and José Clemente Orozco), Siqueiros was a controversy-stirring revolutionary and lifetime activist who lived with theatrical flair and painted on an epic scale.
“What I learned most from Siqueiros is that art needs to be liberated from the constraints of museums and galleries; art needs to populate our shared public space,” said film director Miguel Picker. “Art has an essential role in inspiring us, making us think, question and understand our past and imagine our future. I’m excited to share Siqueros’ vision with the people of Denver.”
“What I learned most from Siqueiros is that art needs to be liberated from the constraints of museums and galleries; art needs to populate our shared public space.”
Miguel Picker, Director
The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with director Miguel Picker, Emanuel Martínez – a Denver muralist who collaborated with Siqueiros on “March of Humanity” in 1968, Claudia Moran – Executive Director of the Museo de las Americas, and Lucha Martínez de Luna – curator of “Para mi Pueblo: Chicano/a Muralists of Colorado” (on display at McNichols Building through Dec. 22). The discussion will be moderated by art writer, Michael Paglia.
The film screening and panel discussion will be held on the third floor of the McNichols Building, and is free and open to the public. Attendees are asked to please RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/siqueiros-walls-of-passion-film-screening-tickets-70347498261.
About Miguel Picker
Miguel Picker is a New York-based Chilean American filmmaker, award-winning editor, director and music composer with nearly three decades experience. He edited and composed music for “Borinqueneers” (2007), broadcast nationally on PBS. He also directed and edited “Mickey Mouse Monopoly” (2001), “Beyond Good and Evil” (2003), “The Price of Pleasure” (2008), “Latinos Beyond Reel” (2012), and “Ulises’ Odyssey” (2014). Before moving to New York City, Miguel worked as an editor at WGBH-TV in Boston beginning in the 1980s, and his editing credits include the series “La Plaza, Greater Boston Arts,” and a 52-part national series titled “Destinos.” The award-winning programs he has edited include “Anything for Dance” (Golden Eagle Award, 2000), “Orchestra of Dreams” (Documentary Program Award, 2000 and Emmy Award for best cultural affairs program, 1999), “Doctors for Two Worlds” (Golden Eagle Award, 1999), “A Long Way to Love” (Parents’ Choice Award Silver Honor, 1998), “From Here and There” (Emmy Award for best target audience program, 1996), “The Making of Don Gato” (Golden Eagle Award, 1996), “Champs: The Strength of Survival” (Golden Eagle Award, 1995), and “Mercedes Sosa in Concert” (Emmy Award for best entertainment programming, 1990).
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