Diego Rivera, Pan-American Unity

(Diego Rivera's full name: Diego María de la Concepción Juan Nepomuceno Estanislao de la Rivera y Barrientos Acosta y Rodríguez)

"On June 5, 1940, invited by San Francisco architect Timothy L. Pflueger, Rivera returned for the last time to the United States to paint a ten-panel mural for the Golden Gate International Exposition in San Francisco. Pan American Unity was completed November 29, 1940. As he was painting, Rivera was on display in front of Exposition attendees. He received US $1,000 per month and US $1,000 for travel expenses.

"The mural includes representations of two of Pflueger's architectural works as well as portraits of Kahlo, woodcarver Dudley C. Carter, and actress Paulette Goddard, who is depicted holding Rivera's hand as they plant a white tree together.[23] Rivera's assistants on the mural included the pioneer African-American artist, dancer, and textile designer Thelma Johnson Streat. The mural and its archives reside at City College of San Francisco." -- Wikipedia

All the descriptions below are taken from the excellent discussions on the City College of San Francisco web site:

https://www.ccsf.edu/en/about-city-college/diego-rivera-mural/mural_images.html

 

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Panel 1: The Creative Genius of the South Growing from Religious Fervor and a Native Talent for Plastic Expression

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Panel 2: Elements from Past and Present

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Panel 3: The Plastification of Creative Power of the Northern Mechanism by Union with the Plastic Tradition of the South

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Panel 4: Trends of Creative Effort in the United States and the Rise of Woman in Various Fields of Creative Endeavor through Her Use of the Power of Manmade Machinery

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Panel 5: The Creative Culture of North Developing from the Necessity of Making Life Possible in a New and Empty Land

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