La Memoria de Nuestra Tierra

A mural painted by Judith F. Baca for the Topping Student Center, University of Southern California. It is currently located in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center.

Commissioned by the University and dedicated on 12/5/1996, it depicts a landscape taken from a photograph of the northern part of Los Angeles, with a river which changes to a freeway, which changes back to a river. The central image of the mural is a kiva (a ceremonial structure) and the earth goddess, painted in three poses: asleep, awakening, and militant. Included among the figures are several USC students who were involved in the creation of the mural, as well as David Alfaro Siqueiros and Diego Rivera. For more detailed analysis of the iconography of the mural, please refer to the bibliography at the bottom of this page. Mural removed in 2008 and reinstalled in the Tutor Campus Center in 2010.

View of the mural in its Tutor Campus Center location

Other works in the Tutor Campus Center


To: Public Art, Fountains, and Murals at the University of Southern California


Photographs taken by Ruth Wallach, USC Libraries, in 1996, 2002, 2010.