Davis Mural Team


A book about the Davis Mural Team

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California has always been in the cultural avant-garde. Diverse cultural, political, economic, and sometimes purely artistic influences have helped create and nurture cutting-edge murals of various styles and persuasions.

California has a strong mural tradition that began with the original missions of the Franciscans in the mid-eighteenth century. In the 1920s and ’30s it was revitalized by Los Tres Grandes (the Three Greats): Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco, and David Alfaro Siqueiros. Their influence led to flourishing mural programs in large California cities, especially those with a sizable Hispanic population. They were closely followed by the Great Depression-era WPA murals in public buildings, and the tradition flourished through the social-action murals of the 1960s and 70s to a wide variety of mural projects being carried out today.

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