12/20/2010: walking the city

On this week’s Hear in the City, we take a walk through the streets of Los Angeles, New York, and Mexico City.

Mexico has also brought in the results of its 2010 census. Preliminary data suggest he country grew by nine million people since the last count and is now home to 112 million people. Nearly a quarter of those people live in the metropolitan area of Mexico City. Hear in the City host Sara Harris has recorded the sounds of Mexico City’s streets while walking the city over the past several years, and offers this audiopostcard.

Jesse Lerner reviews a new show of South American avant garde work Suprasensorial: Experiments in Light, Color, and Space, is the first museum exhibition to situate pioneering Latin American artists among the international canon of those working with light and space at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in Los Angeles.

If you drive from that wall outside MOCA down the 101 to the 110 Freeway toward the Airport, you’ll pass iconic L.A. murals by Willie Heron, Glenn Avila, and Kent Twitchell’s, “L.A. Marathon Mural,” that used to reside on the 405 Freeway at Manchester in Inglewood. I just checked my voice mail, and Hear in the City’s resident reporter and stand-up comedian King Anyi left us a message about a walk he took that started in Inglewood.

For two years in the early 80’s, sound artist, Brenda Hutchinson, recorded people living on the streets of Manhattan when she was dealing with homelessness and struggling as an artist. “It was heartbreaking, and I was angry and bitter,” she writes. “I asked everyone I met to sing “America the Beautiful” because it was a song I loved and seemed to represent all that was unattainable and long, long forgotten for the people I was meeting.”

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