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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing History
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Related Material
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Luis Garza Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1978-2005
    Collection number: 142
    Creator: Garza, Luis
    Extent: 15 linear feet
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1490
    Abstract: Luis C. Garza (1943-) is a photographer and independent curator living in Los Angeles, CA. He served on the Board of Directors of Plaza de la Raza, worked in a leadership role at Legacy and Legend Producations, and served as a project consultant at the Getty Conservation Institute during the conservation of David Alfaro Siqueiros' "America Tropical" mural. Plaza de la Raza is a nonprofit, community-based, cultural arts and education center located in East Los Angeles' Lincoln Park. Legacy and Legend Productions is a company whose work includes museum exhibitions, speaker events, and public discussions – most notably related to the works of David Alfaro Siqueiros. The collection contains records collected by Garza during his tenure at Plaza de la Raza, Legacy and Legend Productions, and The Getty Conservation Institute.
    Physical location: COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access. Open for Research. Please contact the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Library for paging information.
    Language of Material: Collection materials in English

    Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access. Open for Research. Please contact the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Library for paging information.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the Chicano Studies Research Center Library. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner, or his or her heir, for permission to publish where The Chicano Studies Research Center Library does not hold the copyright.
    Preferred Citation: [Identification of item], Luis Garza papers (Collection 142). Chicano Studies Research Center Library, UCLA.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Luis Garza Papers, 142, UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Luis C. Garza, 2014. Deed on file at the CSRC Archives office.

    Processing History

    Processed by Michael Aguilar II and Angel Diaz, July 2015 (Bulk), January 2014
    Processed by Michael Aguilar II, July 2015 and Angel Diaz, January 2014 in the Chicano Studies Research Center (CSRC) at UCLA. Encoded Archival Description created by Michael Aguilar II and Angel Diaz. Processing of this collection was generously supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

    Biographical Note

    Luis Garza is a photographer and independent curator living in Los Angeles. He served on the Board of Directors of Plaza de la Raza in the 1980s and early 1990s, worked in a leadership position for Legacy and Legend Productions, and served as a project consultant for the Getty Conservation Institute.
    Plaza de la Raza was founded by prominent labor, business and community leaders and local residents. Margo Albert (a Mexican-born actress/singer) and Frank López (a well-known labor union organizer) were fundamental in the development of the community-based cultural arts and education center. Plaza de la Raza officially became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization on May 20, 1970. It is located in Lincoln Heights in East Los Angeles.
    Legacy and Legend Productions is a company established to support a public education project designed to increase and expand knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of why an acclaimed Mexican artist (David Alfaro Siqueiros) and his murals (America Tropical, Street Meeting, and Portrait of Mexico Today) painted over 75 years ago in Los Angeles remain relevant today. This story was told through the group's multimedia exhibition "Legacy and Legend: Siqueiros in Los Angeles." Additional Legacy and Legend Exhibits include "Siqueiros in Los Angeles," "Time Refocused," and "Encuentro Siqueiros."
    Serving as a project consultant, Garza worked with the Getty Conservation Institute during its Conservation of America Tropical project. This was a joint venture between the Getty Conservation Institute and the City of Los Angeles to conserve, interpret, and provide public access to the only United States public mural by David Alfaro Siqueiros still in its original location.

    Scope and Content

    Collection contains a variety of documents related to the work of Luis C. Garza as the Board Director of Plaza de la Raza, as a leadership member of Legacy and Legend Productions, and a project consultant for the Getty Conservation Institute.
    Materials from his tenure with Plaza de la Raza include Board of Directors meeting agendas, meeting notes, memorandum, correspondence, budget reports, membership plan information, program development, performing arts announcements and programs, art exhibition announcements and programs, art exhibition guides, newsletters, booklets and pamphlets, magazine and newspaper article clippings, photographs, blueprints, and various other documents produced by related organizations. The collection also includes video copies of the KCET show, Reflecciones, which Garza produced and directed.
    Many of the Legacy and Legend documents concern the three murals created by David Alfaro Siqueiros in the United States: "America Tropical," "Mitin Obrero" ("Workers' Meeting" or "Street Meeting"), and "Portrait of Mexico Today." Of the three, the largest amount of material is related to the conservation, exhibits, and unveiling of "America Tropical" at the Italian Hall in Los Angeles' Olvera Street. Similiar documents address "Mitin Obrero," which Siqueiros originally created for the Chouinard School of Art when he was hired to teach students about the fresco technique and muralism. Thought to have been destroyed, it was discovered by Garza and the Legacy and Legend team. The mural has since been placed for public viewing at the Santa Barbara Museum's permanent collection. The collection includes correspondence, blueprints, design plans, booklets and pamphlets, posters, photographs, art exhibition announcements and programs, and newspaper article clippings related to each of Siqueiros murals.
    Material from Garza's time as a project consultant for the Getty Conservation Institute includes correspondence, art exhibition announcements and programs, contracts, documentation material, conservation material, and shelter and viewing plans for the Conservation of "America Tropical" mural project.
    The collection is organized into the following series:
    • Series 1. Administrative, Gallery, Theater, and Event Papers, 1978-2005. 11 linear feet, 3 Oversize Boxes
    • Series 2. Audio and Visual, 1972-1982. 3 linear feet

    Related Material

    Plaza de la Raza Archive, 63, Chicano Studies Research Center, UCLA, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Getty Center (Los Angeles, Calif.)
    Legacy and Legend (Los Angeles, Calif.)
    Plaza de la Raza (Los Angeles, Calif.)
    Los Angeles (Calif.)
    Los Angeles Plaza (Los Angeles, Calif.)
    Art centers--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources.
    Art objects--Conservation and restoration
    Arts--Education.
    Dance--Education.
    Mexican American arts--Exhibitions.
    Mural painting and decoration