Saturday, October 13, 2012

America Tropical

As part of a class she is taking, Sara and I spent the day at Olvera Street in downtown Los Angeles.  While we were there, a Tour Guide mentioned that a new Viewing Platform for an historic mural had opened earlier that week and suggested we take a look.  The mural was painted in 1932 by the Mexican artist David Siqueiros, and is entitled "America Tropical".

To say the mural has a controversial history would be an understatement.  In 1932, Siqueiros was commissioned to create a mural on a wall overlooking the touristy Olvera Street.  At the time, the City of Los Angeles was attempting to foster an identify as a destination for art lovers and was hopeful this new mural would further that cause.  However, instead of a tranquil Mexican scene, Siqueiros created a bold political statement against American imperialism.  The central figure serves as the mural's most striking element, with an indigenous Mexican bound to a double-cross while an eagle (American eagle?) descends poised to strike.

Within a few months, some portions of the mural were mysteriously painted over.  After a few years, the whole mural was entirely whitewashed and abandoned.

Today, the mural is being conserved as a joint effort between the City of Los Angeles and the Getty Conservation Institute.  Because of the experimental way the mural was created, a deliberate choice was made to preserve the mural rather than restore and repaint it.  As such, the mural is just a ghostly version of its previous self.  However, it is still a striking image and fascinating part of Los Angeles art and political history.

The new Visitor's Center and Mural Viewing Platform is free and open to the public.  A visit is highly recommended.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Face Forward

Today was the first day I had Clark facing forward in his car seat.  I think he got a kick out of finally being able to see me while we are driving.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Car Seat

Hi everyone!  Long time, no see.

Yeah, with Facebook, Twitter, and Google+, this Blog has basically become a Ghost Town.  But I did want to pop in and say that Clark turned 2 a week ago and Sara and I are very happy about it.

Today, we turned Clark's car seat around so that he is facing forward.  The recommendation is to keep children facing towards the rear of the car as long as possible.  However, Clark's legs are getting longer and it was becoming more and more uncomfortable for him to face backwards.  Now, he's facing the front, has plenty of legroom, and is a happy camper.  Hooray!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Turn Over

Sorry I've been neglecting this blog lately. I'll try to post more in the future.

Clark turned over by himself for the first time today. WooHooo!

Thursday, October 21, 2010


Clark slept through the night for the first time! Midnight to 6am!!!! WooHooo!

A milestone that is very much appreciated by both parents.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Music Selection

Now that I get to bottle feed the baby, I also get to choose the music we listen to during the feeding. Tonight's selection: George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue; Leonard Bernstein conducting.

The Hat

Baby's first trip to The Hat.
Originally uploaded by brassplayer

Clark made is first visit to that San Gabriel Valley institution, The Hat. Yummy!!!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The Bottle

I got to feed Clark for the first time today (mother's milk, of course). Sara and I want him to get used to to taking milk from a bottle so that she is not the only one who can feed him. And he did a great job!

The Clark and Tim Show-003

On Episode 3 of The Clark and Tim Show, we ring the bells!