Ben Wood, Restoration: Restoring Diego Rivera’s San Francisco Art Institute Mural, 2002, (still)
In 2002 Ben Wood (BFA, 2003) projected this stereoscopic video installation opposite Rivera’s The Making of a Fresco Showing the Building of a City. Wood’s video homage to Rivera features faculty and staff including George Kuchar, Richard Berger, Fred Martin, Jeremy Morgan, Carlos Villa, Tony Labat, John Davis, a librarian, Pete Stanwood, Alex Casco, Dan Tiffany, Laetitia Sonami, Charles Boone, Meredith Tromble, Ann Chamberlain, Bill Berkson, Larry Thomas, Jack Fulton. Craig Baldwin, Ruth Beames, and Jesse Drew along with a rotating student as the central figure –replacing Rivera’s heroic blue-collar laborer, illustrative of the “importance of maintaining a focus to educate and work together.”
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