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Gallery Conversation: Cubism and Commodities

Modern Art Gallery
No Ticket Required
View of a gallery with artwork hung on the wall

Join us for an exploration of Diego Rivera’s Le sucrier et les bougies (Sugar Bowl and Candles), presented by Tyson Scholar Grace Kuipers. Inspired by our upcoming exhibition, Diego Rivera’s America, Kuipers will help us explore this painting done in a moment when Rivera was shifting from the formal considerations of Modernism towards beginning to incorporate some of the identity and political issues for which he becomes best known into his art. You’ll learn about Rivera’s life, his work, and his relationship to Modernism and Cubism.

Don’t miss this chance to experience your museum more fully and make the most of your visit. See you there!

Free, no tickets required.


About the Speaker

Grace Kuipers

Grace Kuipers is a PhD candidate at the University of California, Berkeley, where she studies 20th century art. Her dissertation, entitled Mineral Modernism: The Mexican Subsoil and the Remapping of American Form in the 1930s, theorizes an aesthetics of extraction in the transnational dialogue between US and Mexican art in the 1930s. Beyond this dissertation, she has worked on diverse projects surrounding institutional histories of modernism, the labor of nude modeling, and the lives of commissioned portraiture, with geographical focuses that span Europe, the United States, and Latin America.


Developed by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), Diego Rivera’s America examines a prolific time in the artist’s life through over 170 works, including his drawings, easel paintings, frescoes, and more. Between the early 1920s and the early 1940s, Rivera worked in both Mexico and the United States and found inspiration in the social and cultural life of the two countries. He imagined an America—broadly understood—that shared an Indigenous past and an industrial future, and where cooperation, rather than divisions, were paramount.