The Diego Rivera Mural Crisis

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Reports from El Universal, The New York Times, and MISSION LOCAL

Hello Alumni and Friends of the SFAI Community,

Our lead in the January Newsletter is about the SFAI Diego Rivera Mural controversy. At the heart of the discussion is whether the Board of Trustees should have the right to sell the mural to save the school. There are strong emotions felt on multi sides of the issue. We have decided to post all the media links, domestic and International since the first of  2021. We have included domestic press, international press from Mexico and letter responses from the SFAI Adjunct Faculty, a recent MFA Foreign student who arrived when the pandemic began, and renowned alumnus Kathy Opie.

 

Several zoom Town Halls are listed for your participation. The soonest is Monday, with the SF Board of Supervisors Land Use and Transportation Committee which is taking up the mural issue to protect the Rivera mural by keeping it in place at SFAI. Check below for all zoom links to participate. There will be a faculty zoom meeting this coming Tuesday to discuss the mural, school leadership and governance. The final zoom meeting next week is with the Re-Imagine Committee, which will present their final report to the SFAI Community. As a follow through on their commitment to the community they will share their analysis of the current state of affairs of SFAI. Questions and Answers to follow. 

 

Welcome to 2021!

The SFAA Editors  

Diego Rivera Mural Crisis Meetings:

BOS Land Use and Transportation Committee

The SF Board of Supervisors Land Use and Transportation Committee Meeting

Monday, January 11, 01:30pm PST

The SF Board of Supervisors Land Use and Transportation Committee is taking up the issue. We want as many of you to attend and, if you feel inclined, to offer public comment in support of Supervisor Peskin’s legislation to protect the Diego. Head over to this page for the instructions to meeting.
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SFAI Adjuncts Meeting
Tuesday, January 12, 07:00pm PST

 

Join SFAI Adjuncts in an open meeting to strategize how to move forward on the Diego, the school’s leadership and governance. We ask for your ideas and resources. 
Zoom info: Join here
Meeting ID: 835 9414 4256
Passcode: 935950

Re-Imagine Committee Town Hall Meeting Recap

Re-Imagine Committee Town Hall Meeting
Thursday, January 14, 2021, 04:00pm PST

 

SFAI’s Re-Imagine Committee will present their report to the SFAI community. As a follow through on their commitment to the community they will share their analysis of the current state of affairs of SFAI. Questions and Answers to follow.

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December 15th, 2020

 

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January 21st 2021

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Letter of Appeal to the Board of Trustees at SFAI

Re-imagine Committee

 

Open Letter To The Community

Adjunct Faculty

UC Regents buy SF Art Institute’s $19.7M debt, are now school’s landlords — will SFAI’s Diego Rivera mural be next to sell? 

by Joe Eskenazi. MISSION LOCAL

UC regents become S.F. Art Institute’s landlord after paying off its debt

by Vanessa Arredondo. S.F. Chronicle

Selling S.F. Art Institute’s Diego Rivera mural ‘would be a crime against art and the city’s heritage,’ says supe

by Joe Eskenazi. MISSION LOCAL

The Cash-Strapped San Francisco Art Institute May Sell a Beloved Diego Rivera Mural to George Lucas to Shore Up Its Finances

by Brian Boucher. ARTNET

San Francisco’s Top Art School Says Future Hinges on a Diego Rivera Mural

by Zachary Small. The New York Times

Open Letter To The Community

Adjunct Faculty

S.F. Art Institute’s Diego Rivera mural not being pushed for sale, board chair says

by Sam Whiting. SF Chronicle Datebook

SFAI Explores Controversial sale of Diego Rivera Mural

ARTFORUM

Will The San Francisco Art Institute Sell $50 M. Diego Rivera?

ARTnews

Letter To The Editor

by Chris Manfield, SFAI Student

San Francisco vendería mural que Diego Rivera pintó en 1931

El Universal

Planean venta de mural de Diego Rivera en San Francisco
by Agencia Reforma. El Diario

 

Pondrían en venta mural de Diego Rivera

El Siglo de Torreon

Podrían vender mural de Diego Rivera en San Francisco

El Comentario

Open letter to the trustees of SFAI

by Catherine Opie, SFAI Student

Univision brief segment in daily Edición Digital news very short interview with Board member María Elena Gonzalez

BOS Land Use and Transportation Committee

'Heresy': historic art college's fate could hang on a Diego Rivera mural

The Guardian

In tough times, S.F. Art Institute gets new president, completing overhaul of board

by Sam Whiting. SF Chronicle Datebook

Chairwoman of San Francisco Art School Facing Budget Issues Resigns

by Zachary Small. The New York Times

SF Art Institute Cleans House After Controversial Attempt to Sell Diego Rivera Mural

by Joe Kukura. SFist