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Diego Rivera’s America

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Man on ground with large basket of flowers tied to his back and a woman helps him balance it
Diego Rivera, The Flower Carrier, 1935 oil and tempera on masonite; 48 × 47 3/4 in. (121.92 × 121.29 cm) San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Albert M. Bender Collection, gift of Albert M. Bender in memory of Caroline Walter © Banco de Mexico Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York photograph: Katherine Du Tiel

In his public murals and paintings, Diego Rivera depicted the human experience—families and workers, struggles and celebrations, histories and imagined futures. Between the early 1920s and the early 1940s, he worked in both Mexico and the United States and found inspiration in the social and cultural life of the two countries. He envisioned an America—broadly understood—that shared an Indigenous past and an industrial future, and where cooperation, rather than divisions, were paramount.

Diego Rivera’s America examines this prolific time in the artist’s life through more than 150 works, including his drawings, easel paintings, frescoes, and more. The first major exhibition focused solely on the Mexican artist in over 20 years, it reveals the broad range of Rivera’s work through a series of thematic sections that bring together more works from this time period than have been seen together since the artist’s lifetime.

The exhibition features iconic works such as Dance in Tehuantepec (1928), The Flowered Canoe (1931), Nude with Calla Lilies (1944) and other depictions of flower carriers and vendors, and three major paintings by Frida Kahlo, all done in San Francisco, including a self-portrait of her standing next to Rivera. The exhibition includes rarely seen works from private collections, major paintings on loan from museums in both the United States and Mexico, studies for pivotal mural projects in Mexico City, San Francisco, Detroit, and New York, as well as large-scale digital projections that convey the immersive quality of his epic murals.

Diego Rivera’s America is co-organized by Crystal Bridges and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The exhibition is curated by James Oles, guest curator, with Maria Castro, assistant curator at SFMOMA, and coordinated at Crystal Bridges by Jen Padgett, the museum’s acting Windgate curator of craft.



Diego Rivera, La ofrenda (The Offering) (detail), 1931, oil on canvas, 48 ¾ x 60 ½ in. Art Bridges.

Exhibition Sponsors

Sponsored by Goldman Sachs | Christie’s | The Coca-Cola Company | Shelby and Frederick Gans | Blakeman’s Fine Jewelry | Esther Silver-Parker | Halperin Foundation | Jim and Susan von Gremp | This project is supported in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities. 
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