Discovery Green and the Consulate General of Mexico present "Murals Under the Stars"

March 5, 2010
by Claudia Morlan

As part of the celebration of Mexico's Bicentennial, Discovery Green and the Consulate General of Mexico, with the support of Bank of America, will present MURALS UNDER THE STARS by Gregorio Luke. This is a multimedia presentation in which life size images of the murals of Los Tres Grandes: Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco and David Alfaro Siqueiros, plus Rufino Tamayo, will be screened, using the most advanced digital technology.  The presentation will be held outdoors providing the viewers with real life sensations as if being in front of the original murals.  The show will take place at Discovery Green Park on April 23, 2010 at 8 p.m.
“We have always known that murals do not move” says Luke, “and yet modern technology allows us to screen these murals with absolute fidelity.  I am very excited to bring Murals Under the Stars for the first time to Houston”. 
Gregorio Luke is an expert on Mexican and Latin American art and culture. He is the former Director of the Museum of Latin American Art, Consul of Cultural Affairs of Mexico in Los Angeles and the First Secretary of the Embassy of Mexico in Washington D.C.  Mr. Luke has delivered over 1,000 lectures in museums and universities in Mexico, Europe and the United States.  
Some of the murals that will be screened are Diego Rivera’s “Man at the Crossroads”; the controversial mural he painted in the Rockefeller Center, (later destroyed as it depicted Lenin, the Russian revolutionary); and The Dream of a Sunday Afternoon at the Alameda Park.  Orozco’s The Man on Fire and Catharsis (the famous anti war mural) and La Trinchera: a masterpiece of the Revolution. By David Alfaro Siqueiros we will see: America Tropical, From the University to the People and the New Democracy.  Last, by Rufino Tamayo we will see Duality and Man and Universe. Mr. Gregorio Luke's lecture is direct and engaging; designed for a large general audience. MURALS UNDER THE STARS is a new fascinating experience; outdoors and informal, in stark contrast to the stuffy art lectures of the past.
In 2010, Mexico celebrates the 200th anniversary of its Independence and the Centennial of its Revolution. Muralism is the artistic expression most closely linked to Mexico's history. The murals of Rivera, Orozco and Siqueiros recreate Mexico's history and display, in large scale, the images of heroes such as Hidalgo, Zapata and Pancho Villa.
MURALS UNDER THE STARS has been presented in institutions such as The Smithsonian, The Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, The Art Museum of Phoenix, the Colegio de San Ildefonso in Mexico City and the Florence Biennale in Italy.