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Dinner With Diego's Daughter
Arts Story  September 29, 1995
"...An excited overflow crowd filled the downtown Jalisco location on a sultry Tuesday evening to chat and dine with Dr. Guadalupe Rivera Marin, daughter of famed Mexican muralist Diego Rivera..."

UT: Major Arts Commissions Announced
Landmarks will get new mural, CoFA a Spanish-language opera
DAILY Arts  August 4, 2017, by Robert Faires
"...This time of year, most talk about the University of Texas concerns the football team, but the arts may generate some chatter this week with the news of two major commissions: from public art program Landmarks, a massive mural by José Parlá and from the College of Fine Arts, an opera about Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera...."

Day Trips
Museum-hopping in Houston.
Columns  October 22, 1999, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...The museum's current special show, "Diego Rivera: Art and Revolution," offers a glimpse of the artist through his work in a way that both entertains and educates. Best known for his substantial murals, Rivera played a pivotal role in leading Mexico to the forefront of 20th-century modern art...."

The LBJ Library swaps paintings with the National Gallery of Art, the Blanton Museum of Art gets $1 million for a new gallery, and Patsy Cline teaches you how to apply make-up
Arts Column  March 19, 2004, by Robert Faires
"...When the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., was looking for artwork to include in its exhibition "The Cubist Paintings of Diego Rivera: Memory, Politics, Place," it came calling on Austin. Seems the LBJ Library and Museum had a fine example in its head-of-state gift collection: a 1915 oil painting titled Still Life With Gray Bowl that Mexican President Gustavo Díaz Ordaz presented to Johnson during his presidency..."

Numerous and Curious Tongues
What two new books -- Twentieth-Century Art of Latin America by Jacqueline Barnitz and Mexican Suite: A History of Photography in Mexico by Olivier Debroise -- arrive at, like the most chaotic of the Mexican murals, is a body of work that is crammed full of dissonant faces and lives while telling a seductive tale in numerous and curious tongues.
Books Story  March 16, 2001, by David Garza
"...Perhaps the most famous and resonant art to include early elements of the indigenismo movement (though Barnitz classifies them as the "avant-garde movement") is the work of the Mexican artists Diego Rivera, David Siqueiros, Jose Orozco, and Rufino Tamayo. Barnitz's classification is appropriate, as the painters' early work grew out of European travels and studies that introduced them to such ideologies as cubism and futurism..."

Idea Man for the Future
Ian Cion is out to build a better world, through public art
Arts Story  March 3, 2006, by Rachel Koper
"...Cion's background includes a creative writing degree from Columbia University; and travels to, and work in, Santa Fe, Santiago, Bangkok, Amsterdam, Jerusalem, and New York. His inspirations are diverse: Basquiat, Matisse, Bruce Mau, Buckminster Fuller, Diego Rivera, Georgia O'Keeffe..."

Frida Kahlo, the Mexican surrealist, feminist icon, bon vivant, and revolutionary populist, lived a life that has been begging for a film version since her death in 1954 (although her...
Film Review  November 8, 2002, by Marc Savlov
"...I missed her debut, Titus, when it played in theatres, but a friend forced me to watch the DVD and, since then, it's become standard operating procedure to screen that gloriously overwrought masterpiece for everyone I can get to sit still for the lengthy running time. Frida is chockablock with Taymor's trippy touches -- a sequence in which Kahlo and philandering husband Diego Rivera visit New York City depicts the bloated muralist as a cut-out King Kong, batting bi-planes from atop the Empire State Building -- but it lacks the brain-blowing hyper-stylization of Titus and replaces that film's neo-fascist revisionism with cardboard Commies and Geoffrey Rush as a horndog Trotsky..."

The Years With Carlos Fuentes
Carlos Fuentes says he can not imagine a world without Shakespeare and Cervantes, but it is impossible to imagine a Mexico without Fuentes.
Books Story  November 24, 2000, by David Garza
"...AC: I want to go to another quote pulled from your book, when you write that "It isn't the past that dies with each of us, the future dies as well." It appears, as a reader, that with every generation, another possible version of Mexico, for instance, dies whether it was the industrial one of Rivera or the neo-liberal one of Salinas...."

Cradle Will Rock
What considerations, if any, do artists owe those who finance the production and display of their work? This is a big question with many intriguing subtleties that seem to be...
Film Review  January 21, 2000, by Russell Smith
"...Some, like homeless would-be actress Olive Stanton (Watson) have only their self-respect to sell out. Others, like Blitzstein (Azaria) and socialist mural-painter Diego Rivera (Blades) have commodified their credibility to the point where even the appearance of compromise might jeopardize their entire careers..."

The Next Diegos
Mexic-Arte's 'YLA No. 10' showcases the work of tomorrow's great Latino artists
Arts Story  July 8, 2005, by Patti Hadad
"...Just after Mexico gained its independence from Spain and sought to identify its culture through art, the government commissioned three young artists to paint murals on public buildings as expressions of the social and cultural identities of Mexico. They became the best-known trinity in Mexican art history – Diego Rivera, Clemente Orozco, and David Alfaro Siqueiros – but at the time they were still 34, 37, and 24 years old, respectively, and the commission gave them valuable exposure early in their careers...."

Cradle Will Rock
Tim Robbins' historical drama mixes true events and characters from Roosevelt's New Deal pet, the Federal Theatre Project, and intersperses them with fictionalized elements with mixed results.
Screens Review  July 27, 2001, by Jerry Renshaw
"...Joan Cusack and Bill Murray play two staunch anti-Red Federal Theatre employees who consider it their patriotic duty to testify before HUAC. Meanwhile, Nelson Rockefeller (John Cusack) fancies himself to be a patron of the arts, buying paintings from Mussolini's liaison Margherita Sarfatti (Sarandon) while simultaneously commissioning Diego Rivera (Blades) to do an enormous mural for Rockefeller Center..."

Arts Story  September 8, 1995

Downtown Mural Awaits a New Home
Rescue mission in works for Seymour Fogel mural filling wall on second story of former tax office
News Story  January 25, 2008, by Richard Whittaker
"...The untitled mural by leading Texan modernist artist Seymour Fogel fills a wall on the second story of the former tax office. In 1954, Fogel, an apprentice of Diego Rivera and a staff member at the University of Texas College of Fine Arts, was commissioned by American National Bank to create a mural for the bank's new Austin branch..."

"Selections from the Permanent Collection"
Mexic-Arte Museum's showing of selections from its permanent collection is a little confusing in setup and somewhat rough, but there's also something charming about its rusticity.
Arts Review  November 21, 2003, by Sam Martin
"...Many of the themes you've come to expect with 20th-century Mexican art are present, including the Mexican Revolution, Día de los Muertos, and the struggle of the working class to break the bonds of poverty and political isolation. There are the obligatory photos of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo (by Guillermo Zamora), who are no doubt two of Mexico's most inspiring artists from the last century, though I wondered if the images would have been part of the museum's permanent collection had the subjects been less well-known..."

With blown glass in colors as bright as stained glass in the sunshine and materials from the city dump, Einar and Jamex de la Torre create havoc. Their uncompromising, irreverent mixed-media pieces could adorn an Internet cafe, a 15th-century Spanish altar, or an Aztec household and still be shocking fun.
Arts Review  February 2, 2001, by Rob Curran
"...The brothers from San Diego via Guadalajara remind us that icons can be as engaging as representative art. Echoing Diego Rivera's splayed mosaic of the Aztec water god in Chapultepec Park, Mexico City, Einar and Jamex offer Austin Coyolxaqui, an Aztec warrior god who emerged from his mother's womb fully grown to slaughter all of his siblings..."

Years of the Dead
The Mexico of now, David Garza writes, is not held only within the borders of Mexico itself. It has spread northward, re-entered its old space, in a sense. For so many of the Mexicans, displaced but still infatuated with the idea of spirit and ghost, the nation itself is a ghost in the back of the head.
Books Story  October 27, 2000, by David Garza
"...The Mexico that exists today is a country that nobody fought for. It is not the industrial utopia that Diego Rivera stubbornly painted, not the fair-market democracy for which the Tlatelolco students were killed in the streets, not even the quick-buck sweatshop of Carlos Salinas' neoliberal plans..."

Our Murals, Ourselves
Arts Story  September 4, 1998, by Sam Martin
"...22nd, a colorful, semi-abstract mural frames a doorway of the University Baptist Church. A first of its kind in Austin, the fresco-style painting was erected in 1950 by then-University of Texas professor Seymour Fogel, whose credits included an apprenticeship with the great Mexican muralist Diego Rivera and a mural commissioned by the city of New York for the 1939 World's Fair..."

TV Eye
Memories of the Jerry Lewis telethon. Also, upcoming KLRU programming for September, Hispanic Heritage Month
Screens Column  September 8, 2000, by Belinda Acosta
"...Diego Rivera, one of Mexico's most dynamic artists, painted some of his most spectacular murals while in residence in the U.S. in the 1930s..."

Mexican Traditional Toys and Miniatures: a Desire to Play
Arts Review  May 9, 1997
"...They painted murals and mounted toys atop the largest one, an amalgam of children's drawings and drawings for children borrowed from books. In fact, the enormous painting nearly overwhelms the rest of this exhibition, the product of co-curators Juan Coronel Rivera, the grandson of Diego Rivera, and Cristina Kahlo, the grandniece of Frieda Kahlo..."

Art Openings
News Story  March 14, 1997
"...In cooperation with the Consulate of Mexico in Austin, the museum will present "Mexican Traditional Toys and Miniatures," on view March 21-May 17. The exhibition will feature over four hundred toys, curated by Juan Coronel Rivera (grandson of Diego Rivera), and Cristina Kahlo (grand-niece of Frida Kahlo). Also included in the exhibition will be vintage and modern photographs of children playing, dated from 1870 to 1993..."

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