Diego Rivera: Art for a New Age
Diego Rivera was one of the big men of 20th century art—big physically, in personality, and as an influence on American art at mid-century. His mural style was forged in the Mexican Revolution; in his American murals, he achieved an incongruous synthesis between a reverence for the indigenous cultures of his native land and an appreciation of the American industrial modernity. Overshadowed today by his wife Frida Kahlo, Rivera was a prodigious talent whose commitment to art as a political act resonates today. As he said, he didn’t believe in God, but he did believe in Picasso.
Avril Angevine is an independent art lecturer who has spoken at the Alameda Library many times. She is a Humanities and English instructor at local colleges, and a museum guide at both SFMOMA and the Oakland Museum.