Rivera in America , shown on PBS September 10, 2000, is a documentary by Rick Tejada-Flores (1988, 1999) put out by Alturas Films in association with American Masters. You can arrange for your class to view it at the Media Center (or order it for $29.95 by calling 1-800-333-5178). Note: This documentary is an hour long so cannot be shown in its entirety in a 50 minute class.

Worksheet for Rivera in America
a documentary by Rick Tejada-Flores

These questions are to guide you. But the most important thing is to watch the video. Please put that first. You can review this video in the Media Center later if you’d like. You can use a separate sheet of paper for answers requiring more room.

1. Rivera speaks about art at the beginning and at the end of the documentary. Describe his philosophy of art.

2. What person/figure from CCSF’s Rivera mural appears early in this documentary?

3. In what decade (10-year period) was Rivera in the US?

1920s     1930s     1940s    1950s

4. Circle the 3 cities in which he painted murals:

Dallas     Detroit     New York    Chicago    San Francisco

5. Which of the cities listed above is the industrial heart of America?

6. What are three themes in Rivera’s murals? (These themes are in CCSF’s Pan American Unity Mural too.)

7. What was the profession of Diego Rivera’s father? What components of the Pan American Unity mural show the influence of this field?

8. What European art influenced Diego?

9. How did Rivera influence the public art we see in San Francisco today?

10. Rivera’s influence helped form the WPA programs, which gave assistance to public art. In what famous SF building can lots of murals from this WPA program be found? (These are not murals by Rivera.)

11. In what three places in SF can we see murals by Diego Rivera?

12. What happened to “Man at a Crossroads,” the mural he did at Rockefeller Center in New York?

13. Where did the title “I Paint What I See” come from?

14. What famous Russian leader came to live with Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo?

Lenin    Trotsky     Stalin    Tolstoy

15. What did you learn from the last three minutes focusing on Rivera’s Mural of Pan-American Unity?