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An experiment in cannibalism

Posted by on Oct 12, 2010 in History, News, Site | 0 comments

In 1904, wishing to extend my knowledge of human anatomy, a basic requisite for my painting, I took a course in that subject in the Medical School in Mexico City. At that time, I read of an experiment which greatly interested me.

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Reconsidering Rivera

Posted by on Oct 4, 2010 in History, Murals, News | 0 comments

“And what sort of man was I?” asks Diego Rivera toward the end of his autobiography, in the last year of his life. Indeed, with a life as rich in controversy as Rivera’s, the ambiguous answers to that question continue to fascinate scholars of his work. But it is the question of what sort of artist Rivera was, and the meaning of his undeniably prodigious contribution to twentieth-century art, that lie behind a new, major retrospective of his work, “Diego Rivera: Art and Revolution,” opening at the Cleveland Museum of Art on February 14, 1999.

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New Temporary Exhibition: The Mexican Child

Posted by on Sep 24, 2010 in Collections, History, News, Site | 0 comments

We have added new paintings: the Mexican Cildren of Diego Rivera, showing some of the children that Rivera painted during his lifetime. We hope you enjoy...

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The Enigma of Frida Kahlo

Posted by on Sep 22, 2010 in Frida Kahlo, History | 0 comments

Written by Amitai Sasson on October 18, 2009 Frida Kahlo was born in 1907 in a small town on the outskirts of Mexico City. Kahlo was one of four daughters born to a Hungarian-Jewish father and a mother of Spanish and Mexican Indian descent. Her works were largely inspired by indigenous cultures of her up bringing and her magical Mexico — the realist elements of Christian and Jewish traditions combined with surrealist renderings. Although Frida Kahlo brushed her canvas with compact, vibrant hues you cannot help but sense a certain obscurity and vulnerability, most notably in her many self-portraits that symbolically articulate her own pain and sexuality. The sensitive stare beneath her bushy eyebrows serves as an intimate portrayal of the grim realities of her life. Personal struggle aside, Kahlo was controversial for her self-cultivated public persona. The woman...

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The Rivera Collection At the City College of San Francisco

Posted by on Sep 7, 2010 in History, Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Rivera Collection At the City College of San Francisco

The Rivera Collection, housed in the Russell M. Posner Reading Room inside the Rosenberg Library, is a special collection of approximately 400 cataloged titles focusing on the life and work of Diego Rivera and artists who assisted him in his work.

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Man at the Crossroads: the Rockefeller Controversy

Posted by on Sep 2, 2010 in History, News | 0 comments

By Annette Labedzki In 1932, Nelson Rockefeller commissioned Mexican muralist Diego Rivera to paint a mural for the ground floor lobby of the Radio Corporation Arts Building in the Rockefeller Center. The painting was supposed to depict in Rockefeller’s own words “Man at the Crossroads Looking with Hope and High Vision to the Choosing of a New and Better Future.” Rivera proposed a 63-foot mural. He started working on the mural with the help of six assistants, in March 1933. “Man at the Crossroads” proved out to be one of the most groundbreaking works of Diego Rivera. The center of the painting portrayed a commanding industrial worker with his hands on the controls of heavy machinery. The crossroads were formed by two long narrow slides intersecting at the centre, right below the worker. One slide displayed a microscopic view...

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