Pan American Unity Mural home

Diego Rivera’s The Marriage of the Artistic Expression of the North and of the South on the 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 on his wife, artist Frida Kahlo. 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.

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The SFMOMA Partnership

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The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art will launch a Diego Rivera exhibit in 2020, of which Rivera’s Pan American Unity mural will be the centerpiece.

SFMOMA and CCSF are two of the city’s most enduring institutions in the public interest, and the transformative power of art and education will come together in this visionary presentation of Rivera’s mural.

A comprehensive program of conservation, public education, and CCSF student internships will accompany the exhibition of the work, which will be announced in greater detail at a later date.

The Pan American Unity will be 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.

2020 Timeline

Month Milestones
February Behind the scenes work at University of Mexico City (UMC) and SFMOMA.
March

SF delegation travels to Mexico to test deinstallation and transport options using replica panels built by Team UMC.

SFMOMA lead conservators to spend a significant amount of time at the Diego Rivera Theatre (DRT) to begin the process of preparing and protecting the mural for deinstallation and transport.

April April 1 – Team UMC deinstallation and transportation plan due to SFMOMA
May  
June

Deinstall the current mural on display at SFMOMA Howard Street entrance. 

Deinstall Mural Panels (50 working days).

July Deinstall Mural Panels.
August Deinstall Mural Panels.
September Diego Rivera Mural transported to SFMOMA (late-night transport of 1 panel per vehicle).
October October 15 – SFMOMA Diego Rivera Exhibit and Mural opens to the public