Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Rivera's Revenge

A visit to the San Francisco Art Institute's campus on Chestnut Street, Russian Hill, always inspires me. Not just for the beautiful building itself, but how it so informs this city and the culture here. Its main exhibition hall off the courtyard, the Diego Rivera Gallery, boasts one of his mighty murals on its entire north wall. He called it "Building of a City." Created in 1931, it is a proto-post-modern work commenting on its own construction; a social document depicting famous builders and anonymous engineers; as well as self portrait, albeit of the Master's broad rump.

Diego on Diego

To stand within this light-filled chapel amidst Rivera's construction and the evolving works of the student body is to wade the torid shoreline between the last wave of one century and the lapping current of the next.


Halfway between the water and the light...

reflections of the way life used to be

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