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Friday, March 20, 2015

Tourism for Locals: Visiting Diego Rivera's The Making of a Fresco Showing the Building of a City

Posted By on Fri, Mar 20, 2015 at 11:26 AM

A Diego Rivera masterpiece in San Francisco,  The Making of a Fresco Showing the Building of a City. - JUAN DE ANDA
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  • A Diego Rivera masterpiece in San Francisco, The Making of a Fresco Showing the Building of a City.


San Francisco is home to many of the finest artists of the 20th century and the new millennium, whose works foster artistic rebellion and social critique. The City has played host to one of the greatest modernist painters of the 20th century, whose style exemplified revolutionary renegade art: Diego Rivera.

For those who don't know who he is, aside from his portrayal by the actor Alfred Molina in the 2002 Academy Award-winning film Frida starring Salma Hayek, Rivera was an enigmatic painter who fostered the muralist style of painting in Mexico at the turn of the last century.

Along with artists Jose Clemente Orozco and David Alfredo Siqueiros, Rivera created allegorical and fantastical depictions of traditional indigenous cultures alongside uplifting and humane characterizations of working-class people that were welded with visions of a utopian future under socialism. The purpose of the muralist movement was to create public art that would educate those who were from low-income backgrounds, but also appeal to the aesthetic tastes of those from the higher rungs of the social ladder.

The first commissioned murals that Rivera painted outside of Mexico were in San Francisco.

Between 1930 and 1940, he painted murals in San Francisco, Detroit, and New York that focused on social and cultural progress through industry and technology. Here, he painted three murals, aiding him in getting global recognition for his technique and use of color. One of those works is titled The Making of a Fresco Showing the Building of a City

Located inside the San Francisco Art Institute, the mural was commissioned by SFAI President William Gerstle, and was completed by Rivera in the course of one month, from May 1–May 31, 1931. Living up to its name, the fresco shows the building of a city and the making of a fresco, including the various individuals involved in the commission, such as artist assistants, architects, and general laborers.

The central figure of a helmeted worker, rendered in supernatural proportion, is the primary subject of the mural within the mural, thus driving home Rivera's belief of the importance of the industrial worker. Rivera makes an appearance in this mural, looking up to  the work, wielding palette and paintbrush, his back to the viewer. 

This is one of three Rivera murals in the city. The other two: The Allegory of California and Pan American Unity are located in The Pacific Stock Exchange and City College of San Francisco, respectively.

The gallery is open to the public from 8 a.m.until 9 p.m. daily

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Monday, March 9, 2015

Tourism for Locals: Discovering the Mexican Museum Within Fort Mason

Posted By on Mon, Mar 9, 2015 at 10:08 AM

Fort Mason has more than 49 buildings of historic significance, spread over 1,200 acres. - IMAGE COURTESY OF THE FORTH MASON CENTER
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  • Fort Mason has more than 49 buildings of historic significance, spread over 1,200 acres.

Museums abound in San Francisco — name it and we'll probably have it. From sex toys to albino alligators, there is no shortage of exhibitions to pique the San San Franciscan's interest . And while some, like the de Young, are more prominent in the local museum scene, San Francisco's smaller museum more than carry their weight in exhibitions and articles on display.  


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Friday, February 17, 2012

Meet Our Masterminds Winners: Baldur Helgason, Eliane Lima, Detour Dance

Posted on Fri, Feb 17, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Baldur Helgason - GIL RIEGO
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  • Baldur Helgason

Thursday night at Artopia, SF Weekly announced the three winners of 2012's Masterminds Grants. Two individuals and one dance troupe each won $1,500 to further their work. They were among more than 100 applicants in the competition, now in its fifth year. Ten finalists were chosen, and each had work on display at the Thursday night event.

One winner was Baldur Helgason, an illustrator originally from Iceland. To read more about Helgason and his work, read his profile by our arts critic Jonathan Curiel.

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Meet our Masterminds: Baldur Helgason and Laurie Halsey Brown

Posted By on Thu, Feb 16, 2012 at 9:30 AM

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The economy sucks, but we don't care -- the Bay Area is home to artists so talented they deserve to take over the world. That's why the Masterminds grants are given to three local and emerging artists who need that little push to become even more awesome.

SF Weekly has narrowed down the potential winners to 10 finalists, with the three winners being chosen Feb. 16. at Public Works during Artopia. Until then we're going to fall in love with their creative work all over again by featuring the profiles (written by our arts critic Jonathan Curiel) of two finalists each day right up until the event. Today meet Baldur Helgason and Laurie Halsey Brown:

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Meet Our Mastermminds: Lisa Alonzo and Jon Kuzmich

Posted By on Wed, Feb 15, 2012 at 8:30 AM

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The economy sucks, but we don't care -- the Bay Area is home to artists so talented they deserve to take over the world. That's why the Masterminds grants are given to three local and emerging artists who need that little push to become even more awesome.

SF Weekly has narrowed down the potential winners to 10 finalists, with the three winners being chosen Feb. 16. at Public Works during Artopia. Until then we're going to fall in love with their creative work all over again by featuring the profiles (written by our arts critic Jonathan Curiel) of two finalists each day right up until the event. Today meet Lisa Alonzo and Jon Kuzmich:

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Meet Our Masterminds: Detour Dance and Meklit Hadero

Posted By on Tue, Feb 14, 2012 at 8:30 AM

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The economy sucks, but we don't care -- the Bay Area is home to artists so talented they deserve to take over the world. That's why the Masterminds grants are given to three local and emerging artists who need that little push to become even more awesome.

SF Weekly has narrowed down the potential winners to 10 finalists, with the three winners being chosen Feb. 16. at Public Works during Artopia. Until then we're going to fall in love with their creative work all over again by featuring the profiles (written by our arts critic Jonathan Curiel) of two finalists each day right up until the event. Today, meet detour dance and Meklit Hadero.

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Meet Our Masterminds: Dohee Lee and Michelle Tholen

Posted By on Mon, Feb 13, 2012 at 8:30 AM

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The economy sucks, but we don't care -- the Bay Area is home to artists so talented they deserve to take over the world. That's why the Masterminds grants are given to three local and emerging artists who need that little push to become even more awesome.

SF Weekly has narrowed down the potential winners to 10 finalists, with the three winners being chosen Feb. 16. at Public Works during Artopia. Until then we're going to fall in love with their creative work all over again by featuring the profiles (written by our arts critic Jonathan Curiel) of two finalists each day right up until the event. Today, meet Dohee Lee and Michelle Tholen:

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Friday, February 10, 2012

Meet Our Masterminds: Eric Cohen and Eliane Lima

Posted By on Fri, Feb 10, 2012 at 2:30 PM

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The economy sucks, but we don't care -- the Bay Area is home to artists so talented they deserve to take over the world. That's why the Masterminds grants are given to three local and emerging artists who need that little push to become even more awesome.

SF Weekly has narrowed down the potential winners to 10 finalists, with the three winners being chosen Feb. 16. at Public Works during Artopia. Until then we're going to fall in love with their creative work all over again by featuring the profiles (written by our arts critic Jonathan Curiel) of two finalists each day right up until the event. Today, meet Eric Cohen and Eliane Lima.

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Friday, January 20, 2012

Artists and Performers: Win Grant Money in SF Weekly's Masterminds Contest

Posted By on Fri, Jan 20, 2012 at 2:00 PM

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Updated with new extended deadline!

It's that time of year again: Not ski season (sadly!) but Masterminds, an annual competition held by SF Weekly to give leading local artists, designers, filmmakers, and performers cash grants.

Yes, you read that right: We're giving away good money to good local artists. (Emerging artists! That means, you aren't getting rich at it ... yet!) But to win, you have to enter by Jan. 23 noon on Friday, January 27.

Masterminds grants will be awarded in the following categories: Visual art, fashion/design, performing arts, and film/video/media. The exact size of the 2012 grants haven't been determined yet, but last year we gave out three grants at $1,500 each. Hit the jump for this year's details.

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Friday, March 18, 2011

Masterminds Finalist Laurel Shear Has Artwork Displayed in SFMOMA's Artists Gallery

Posted on Fri, Mar 18, 2011 at 4:30 PM

"Just Waking" - LAUREL SHEAR
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Laurel Shear, one of 10 artists who was a finalist for an SF Weekly Masterminds Grant in February, has started a working relationship with the SFMOMA's Artists Gallery as the result of her exposure.

Shear's painting, "Just Waking," is now on display in the Artists Gallery, said gallery director Maria Medua. The same painting was among those shown at the Feb. 16 Artopia event, where the Masterminds winners were announced and where Shear and Medua met.

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