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2002 "Restoring Diego Rivera's SFAI Mural" by Ben Wood

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.”

For a video version of Ben Wood’s piece:

and for more info: 

With permission, SFAA is re-posting the emails Jeff Gunderson Librarian/Archivist Anne Bremer Memorial Library has been sending out since March 2020. Please enjoy this magnificent archive.


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