By Leah Cantor – – Photo: Anson Stevens-Bollen.

Photo: The 1930s Halpin Building and its 1980s mural today from Guadalupe Street in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The Multi-Cultural mural painted on the side of the state’s historic Halpin Center building on Montezuma Avenue is coming down. It was painted by Chicano artist Gilberto Guzman and others in the 1980s and 90s and depicts a scene that represents parts of New Mexico’s Native American and Hispanic history. And, it has been at the center of a controversial debate about the design of the Vladem Contemporary, a new branch of the New Mexico Museum of Art slated for groundbreaking at the site in 2020.

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