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32 Los Angeles murals depicted in “Walls of Passion”

The Pope of Broadway mural.

Grad students document culture, history of public street art

From now until Feb. 28, you don't have to drive to Claremont, Culver City, Hollywood, Long Beach, Venice or Whittier to get a close-up view of 32 murals that reflect the creative and cultural landscape of Los Angeles.

The Cal State L.A. Fine Arts Gallery has brought to campus “Walls of Passion: The Murals of Los Angeles,” a photo-documentary project featuring 32 out of 150 L.A. murals researched by 15 Cal State L.A. art history grad students as part of their culminating class project.

The gallery, in Cal State L.A.'s Fine Arts Building, is open Mondays through Thursdays and Saturdays, from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For details, call (323) 343-4040.

Together: Working Towards a Flourishing Society mural.
 “The murals represent an array of cultures and ethnicities in L.A., including Latino, African American, Filipino, Anglo American, Chinese, and Korean. There are roughly 2,000 murals in the Los Angeles area. Their images show a legion of contrasting themes and attitudes. Public and street art provides an opportunity for both the self-expression and the self-definition of communities who are frequently forgotten in our main cultural venues.” -- Manuel Aguilar-Moreno, art history professor