“Rivera was one of the most aesthetically, socially and politically ambitious artists of the 20th century.” –James Oles, guest curator for Diego Rivera’s America at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Experience Diego Rivera’s America this summer and immerse yourself in the power of art when SFMOMA’s newest exhibition opens on July 16. The exhibition focuses on Rivera's work from the 1920s to the mid-1940s, the richest years of the artist’s prolific career. During these two key decades, Rivera created a new vision for North America, informed by his travels in Mexico and the United States.
The exhibition is the first to examine Rivera's work thematically. Diego Rivera’s America spotlights paintings that depict life in Mexico and in the U.S. and concludes with a vast Pan American Unity fresco that unites both countries. Rivera’s work invites us to consider the past while also asserting the power of art to envision solutions to cultural, economic and political challenges and shape the present.
Diego Rivera’s America brings together more than 150 of Rivera’s artworks — as well as three galleries devoted to large-scale film projections of his highly influential murals. The experience builds on SFMOMA’s collection of over 70 works of art by Rivera, one of the largest in the world. It features paintings, drawings and frescoes borrowed from public and private collections in Mexico, the U.S. and the U.K., reuniting many for the first time since the artist’s death. Iconic and much-loved works, such as The Flower Carrier (1935) and Portrait of Lupe Marín (1938), will be shown alongside paintings that have not been seen publicly since leaving the artist’s studio.
Diego Rivera’s America opens to the public July 16, 2022, with Member Preview days starting July 14. The exhibition has an additional surcharge for all visitors 19 years and older. Guests who purchase their tickets online in advance will receive a $2 discount. Tickets are available now at sfmoma.org.