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Diego Rivera and his San Francisco Murals

Books and other materials about the Pan American Unity Mural

Barden, Merrill. Understanding the evolution of Diego Rivera’s message to the United States: an explication of the Pan American Unity mural. ND259 .R5 B37 1992.    

Fuentes-Rojas, Elizabeth. Three San Francisco murals of Diego Rivera: a documentary and artistic history. ND259 .R5 F845 1980. 


A former English and Humanities instructor at City College, Masha Zakheim, also wrote about Diego Rivera and the mural:

Zakheim, Masha. Pan American Unity: a fresco by the Mexican Diego Rivera painted for City College of San Francisco at the Golden Gate International Exposition, Treasure Island, 1939-1940. ND259 .R5 Z355 1991. 

Zakheim, Masha. Diego Rivera in San Francisco. ND259 .R5 Z354 2001. 

This is the text of an interview with Rivera:

Rivera, Diego. Diego Rivera: the story of his mural at the 1940 Golden Gate International Exposition. ND259 .R5 P3 1940. 

This is Rivera's autobiography, in which four chapters are about his time in San Francisco in 1940.

Rivera, Diego. My art, my life: an autobiography . Chapters: A visit with Charlie Chaplin; A salute by the U.S. Navy; A second time with Frida; More popular than Wendell Willkie. ND259 .R5 A2 1991 EBOOK AVAILABLE!

At the Rosenberg Library reference desk there are several large binders of material about the mural and the people and images represented in it. Ask a librarian at the desk to use them.

This book discusses Rivera’s three San Francisco murals, his influence on local artists, and the politics of the 1930s:

Lee, Anthony W. Painting on the left: Diego Rivera, radical politics, and San Francisco’s public murals. ND259 .R5 L44 1999.   EBOOK AVAILABLE!



This is the best book about Rivera’s life and work in general, and it is well illustrated:

Rivera, Diego & Detroit Institute of Arts. Diego Rivera: a retrospective. Detroit, 1986.
ND259 .R5 A42 1986  

There are a few other titles which are good, general sources on Rivera:

Rivera, Diego, and Luis-Martin Lozano. Diego Rivera: art & revolution. Mexico, 1999.
N6559 .R5 A4 1999  

Wolfe, Bertram. The fabulous life of Diego Rivera.  EBOOK    Also, own a copy in Spanish 

Easy Readers about Diego Rivera:

Cockcroft, James D. Diego Rivera. EBOOK

Gleiter, Jan. Diego Rivera. ND259 .R5 G54 1989 In Spanish & English.

Gonzales, Doreen. Diego Rivera: his art, his life. ND259 .R5 G67 1996
Holland, Gini. Diego Rivera.      ND 259 .R5 H65 1997   

Shirley, David. Diego Rivera. N6559 .R58 S55 1995  

Vazquez, Sarah. Diego Rivera: an artist’s life.   ND259 .R5 V39 1998    

Venezia, Mike. Diego Rivera.     N6559 .R58 V45 1994  

Winter, Jonah.Diego.    ND259 .R5 W48 1994   

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