Diego Rivera El Arsenal

CLAS Summer Institute for Teachers
"Six Degrees of Diego Rivera"
Tuesday, July 6, 2010

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Schedule
Tuesday, July 6
8:45 -
9:00 am

Sign-in

9:00 -
9:15 am
Institute Overview
Jean Spencer, CLAS
9:15 -
10:30 am

Overview
Alex Saragoza, Associate Professor of History, Department of Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley

10:30 -
10:45 pm

Break

10:45 -
12:00 pm

Tina Modotti and the Mexican Renaissance
Patricia Albers, Lecturer, San Francisco State University

Italian-born photographer Tina Modotti (1896-1942) worked in Mexico between 1923 and 1930, a period known as the Mexican Renaissance. A member of the Communist Party, Modotti not only pioneered modernist photography in Mexico but also used her images as tools for constructing Mexican cultural nationalism and advancing the cause of the proletariat. Albers will map selected Modotti photographs onto the complex artistic, social and political terrain of the Mexican Renaissance and examine their richly layered meanings.

12:00 -
1:00 pm

Lunch on your own

1:00 -
2:15 pm

Trotsky: Exile and Murder in Mexico
Bertrand M. Patenaude, Lecturer, Departments of History and International Relations, Stanford University; Research Fellow, Hoover Institution

Patenaude will discuss his new book, Trotsky: Downfall of a Revolutionary, which describes Leon Trotsky’s last years in Mexico in the late 1930s. At the center of this gripping and tragic story are Trotsky’s tumultuous friendship with painter Diego Rivera; his affair with Rivera’s wife, artist Frida Kahlo; and his torment as his family and comrades become victims of the Great Terror and Stalin’s assassins close in.

2:15 -
2:30 pm

Break

2:30 -
3:45 pm

Frida’s Modernity: Another View of the Mexican Cultural Renaissance
John Zarobell, Assistant Curator of Painting and Sculpture, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Frida Kahlo was a figure at the center of cultural and political life in Mexico City in the period of the artistic renaissance that occurred there from the 1920s to the 1940s. Looking at her artistic works, it is possible to find traces of her myriad artistic sources, which provide clues for interpreting Mexican culture in that period. By combining elements of ancient and colonial culture in Mexico with popular traditions and politics of her time, she forged a modern form of art parallel to that of her husband Diego Rivera.

4:00 -
4:45 pm

Diego Rivera in San Francisco
Will Maynez, historian of the Pan American Unity mural, City College of San Francisco

The talk will be a brief recounting of Diego Rivera’s visits to San Francisco, which bookend the relatively short span of time he actually spent in the U.S. The talk will include little known anecdotes about the connections in the artist’s world, material gleaned mainly from the Diego Rivera collection at City College of San Francisco’s Rosenberg Library.

4:45 -
5:00 pm
Evaluation

 

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