Shared Histories: Diego and Frida in San Francisco pays homage to the trans-cultural social significance of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in San Francisco in the 1930s and 1940 by excavating forgotten social histories and under-recognized aesthetic discourses.
The exhibition aims at forming linkages between the exhibiting artists’ aesthetic practices and the diverse intellectual discourses that inform the work, by demonstrating that how the artists use formal techniques and vocabularies reveals their multicultural exposures and exchanges, through blends of form and content evidenced in the works.
To a certain extent many of the works reveal gains achieved from often under-appreciated widespread counter-hegemonic struggles rooted in histories of colonial conflict, intercultural collision, and cultural dominance, that impacted various social spheres — in the form of women’s studies, Chicano studies, African American studies, gender studies — all of which demanded social transformation.
Here, the display of the individual works aims at forming linkages between artists’ aesthetic choices and the diverse histories that inform their social being, subjectivities, and formal signifying practices, in an effort to facilitate greater cross-cultural communication.
Anthony Torres, Curator