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dc.contributor.authorEllenshaw, Hilary
dc.date.accessioned2012-07-02T20:27:49Z
dc.date.available2012-07-02T20:27:49Z
dc.date.issued2012-07-02
dc.date.submittedMay 2012
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1928/20767
dc.description.abstractThis thesis explores ways in which the mural The Making of a Fresco Showing the Building of a City at the San Francisco Art Institute by Diego Rivera (Mexico, 1886 – 1957) in 1931 potentially affects the viewer. The main question I am addressing is why did Rivera’s visual language not communicate clearly to his United States audience? Was it a misuse of icons, a misreading, or an intentional dismissal on the audiences’ part that caused the mural that is based on a Marxist philosophy of art and labor to go completely undetected in the United States press? I conclude it was the latter, that critics and journalists did not want to reveal the progressive message of the mural and instead focused on its formal aspects. The evidence provided is original research of the newspaper coverage at the time of the unveiling of the mural as well as the scholarship done on the mural since. In addition to an examination into the formal qualities of the fresco, I also look into the history of the mural and discuss the way the San Francisco Art Institute has alternately hidden and promoted it over the eight decades of its existence.en_US
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dc.subjectMural, Marx, Mexico, San Francisco, Public Art, Diego Riveraen_US
dc.subject.lcshRivera, Diego,1886-1957 -- Criticism and interpretation
dc.subject.lcshMural painting and decoration, Mexican -- California -- San Francisco -- 20th century
dc.subject.lcshSan Francisco Art Institute -- History
dc.titleDiego Rivera at the San Francisco Art Instituteen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.degreeArt Historyen_US
dc.description.levelMastersen_US
dc.description.departmentUniversity of New Mexico. Dept. of Art and Art Historyen_US
dc.description.advisorBarnet-Sanchez, Holly
dc.description.committee-memberSzabo, Joyce
dc.description.committee-memberJohnston, Adrian


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