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Tempe, Ariz.

* Arthur Danto's review of the Philip Guston exhibit [Dec. 29] mentions Guston's references to the Ku Klux Klan. In 1934, Guston and Ruben Kadish attended mural workshops in Los Angeles taught by David Siqueiros, who, in 1935, invited them to Morelia, Mexico, to paint a mural at the very radical state university. The Struggle Against Terror and Fascism was completed that summer; one of its dominant themes is the Klan. Because of the influence of the radical university and the mural's Catholic figures and symbols, it later became known as The Inquisition. The conservative Catholic majority did not receive the mural well, and in 1940 the church prevailed; the mural was painted over and forgotten. In 1975 during building reconstruction, it was discovered under painted cloth, which had preserved many of its original colors. The Southwest Heritage Foundation (440 East Southern Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85282) is trying to restore the mural and place it in the context of radical US and Mexican mural painting of the 1930s and '40s.

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Title Annotation:Letters
Author:Aronow, Victor
Publication:The Nation
Article Type:Letter to the Editor
Date:Jun 14, 2004
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