TIM Free Lecture Series

"Little Island - Big Ideas" Lecture Series



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November 16th

Art and Danger at the Fair: Diego Rivera Escapes to the GGIE

Artists are imperiled by politics in more than a few countries today. And so it was back in 1940 for the Mexican muralist Diego Rivera. Both the Nazis and the communists were after him, and the FBI reported that he might be eliminated.


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So Rivera eagerly accepted San Francisco architect Timothy Pflueger’s invitation to anchor the Art in Action program in the relative safety of the Golden Gate International Exposition. But after Leon Trotsky was assassinated in Mexico City, Diego packed two guns as he painted his mural masterpiece, Pan American Unity. Now even Treasure Island's fairgrounds seemed treacherous. 


Speaker: Will Maynez, historian and steward of the Pan American Unity mural.

Lectures start at 10:30 am in the lobby of Building One, and are free of charge. Treasure Island can be reached by public bus, car or bicycle.

These ongoing talks on the past, present and future of Treasure Island cover topics including Treasure and Yerba Buena Island history, San Francisco world’s fairs, naval history, current island activities and redevelopment, island sustainability, the Golden Gate International Exposition, and art and architecture on Treasure Island.

Construction Notice:  As redevelopment progresses, street and transit access and parking will be in flux. Here are current directions, but they will change from time to time.

Driving, as you approach Building One don't turn right at the detour sign, but go straight past the sign into the parking lot. The Muni 25 stop has been reinstated on Clipper Cove Way across from Building One (inbound) and on Treasure Island Road at the Clipper Cove Way intersection (outbound to San Francisco).

The “Little Island, Big Ideas” lecture series is presented with support from the Treasure Island Development Authority and funding from the Historic Preservation Fund of the City and County of San Francisco, Office of Economic and Workforce Development.

Coming Lectures


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