Diego Rivera’s America revisits a historical moment when the famed muralist and painter, more than any other artist of his time, helped forge Mexican national identity in visual terms and imagined a shared American future in which unity, rather than division, was paramount.
This volume accompanies a major exhibition highlighting Diego Rivera’s work in Mexico and the United States from the early 1920s through the mid-1940s. During this time in his prolific career, Rivera created a new vision for the Americas, on both national and continental levels, informed by his time in both countries. Rivera’s murals in Mexico and the U.S. serve as points of departure for a critical and contemporary understanding of one of the most aesthetically, socially, and politically ambitious artists of the twentieth century. Works featured include the greatest number of paintings and drawings from this period reunited since the artist’s lifetime, presented alongside fresco panels and mural sketches. This catalogue serves as a guide to two crucial decades in Rivera’s career, illuminating his most important themes, from traditional markets to modern industry, and devoting attention to iconic paintings as well as works that will be new even to scholars—revealing fresh insights into his artistic process.
Published by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in association with University of California Press
Exhibition dates: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art: July 16, 2022—January 1, 2023 Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas: March 11—July 31, 2023
About the Author
James Oles, curator of the exhibition Diego Rivera’s America, is a specialist in Latin American art, focusing on modern Mexican art and architecture. He is a senior lecturer in the Art Department at Wellesley College and serves as Adjunct Curator of Latin American art at the Davis Museum in Wellesley.