Diego Rivera’s The Marriage of the Artistic Expression of the North and of the South on This Continent, more commonly known as Pan American Unity, is a mural he created in 1940 at the Golden Gate International Exposition (GGIE) on San Francisco’s Treasure Island.
The mural includes three self-portraits and a portrait of artist Frida Kahlo, his wife. It is a unique combination of an artist in his prime and a critical moment in world history brought together on a monumental scale. It is arguably the most important work of art created in the Bay Area.
The CCSF Mural Project
The Diego Rivera Mural Project, sponsored by City College of San Francisco, has as its mission the return of the mural to the position of public importance and influence envisioned by its creator.
The SFMOMA Partnership
Since 2017, the City College of San Francisco and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art have worked in partnership to conserve the Pan American Unity mural and create opportunities for public art education. In 2021, the mural went on view at SFMOMA in the museum’s free-to-the-public Roberts Family Gallery on Floor 1. The mural will return to CCSF in 2023.
SFMOMA and CCSF are two of the city’s most enduring institutions in the public interest, and the transformative power of art and education come together in this visionary presentation of Rivera’s mural.
A comprehensive program of conservation, public education, and CCSF student internships accompany the exhibition of the work.
Pan American Unity is temporarily relocated to the museum’s free, un-ticketed space – the Roberts Family Gallery – that provides unrestricted access to view the mural and also provides for sidewalk viewing.
The loan of the mural is temporary, as outlined between a binding document between the College and the Museum, and will be returned to the College after the exhibit concludes. Additionally, the costs of the mural’s relocation and conservation are being covered entirely by the SFMOMA.