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‘Diego Rivera’s America’ comes to SFOMA

Left to right: Diego Rivera’s Tehuanas in the Market, 1935. Photo: McNay Art Museum; Diego Rivera’s Retrato de Lupe Marín (Portrait of Lupe Marín), 1938. Photo: NPL - DeA Picture Library / Bridgeman Images; images courtesy SFMOMA

Diego Rivera is well represented in San Francisco. His short stint here (1930–31) left the city with three massive murals, including those painted by his proteges inside Coit Tower. One of his murals, “Pan American Unity,” currently resides at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art along with its permanent collection of 70 Rivera works, the largest in the world.

Now, the museum will exhibit the most comprehensive examination of Rivera’s work in over 20 years beginning July 16. Focusing on his most prolific period from the 1920s to mid-1940s, the exhibition will feature over 150 paintings, frescoes, and drawings, including three galleries that will present large-scale projections of the artist’s murals in the U.S. and Mexico. 

The museum will celebrate the exhibition opening with a free community day on Sunday, July 17 (admission to the exhibition requires separate ticketing). 

“Diego Rivera’s America”: Monday 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Tuesday 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (beginning July 5), Thursday 1–8 p.m., & Fri.–Sun. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., July 16–Jan. 2; SFMOMA, 151 Third St., 415-357-4000,

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