Diego Rivera Mural in San Francisco, Once Slated for Sale, Gets $200K Grant

In a reversal of fortune for advocates opposed to the sale of a Diego Rivera mural at the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) and all those concerned with the preservation of public art, the school has received a $200,000 grant from the Mellon Foundation in support of the beloved painting. It is an occasion to … Read more

How Grant Wood’s “American Gothic” Continues to Inspire Artists

Criselda Vasquez, “The New American Gothic” (2017), oil on canvas, 72 x 48 inches (courtesy the artist) Ever since it was first displayed at the Art Institute Chicago (AIC) in 1930, Grant Wood’s iconic painting “American Gothic” (1930) has captured the collective imagination. The painting, featuring a pitchfork-bearing farmer and his daughter standing in front … Read more

Brazilian Modernist Building Engulfed by Fire Receives Getty Preservation Grant

In April last year, a fire at the College City campus of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro set the second floor of a modernist building ablaze. That building, designed by Jorge Machado Moreira, housed the University of Architecture and Urbanism, whose Research and Documentation Center — or Núcleo de Pesquisa e Documentação (NPD) … Read more

Mellon Foundation Awards $1.5M Grant to Document Indigenous Enslavement

A photograph of Albino Silva, born circa 1859 in New Mexico and believed to be a Jicarilla Apache, from the Rio Grande County Museum. The image is shown transposed with a 1790 census of Taos designed by Juan R. Rios and found in the New Mexico State Archives. (via the School of Advanced Research) The … Read more