Diego Rivera: History of Medicine in Mexico: Peoples Demand For Better Health

Gabriela Rodriguez
History of Art
UC Riverside

I agree with the UCCSC message advocating a change in academia’s outlook on California studies and must attempt to comprehend the complex relationships California has with the rest of the world. This outlook relates to my thesis study because it focuses on the cultural and artistic exchanges executed by one of the few transcontinental artists of the Modern era, the Mexican Muralist Diego Rivera. Rivera traveled all the world and created his public art for the people, and even in San Francisco his artwork linked California with the greater movement in Mexico and the world. My thesis study will focus on Rivera’s mural in Mexico City, at the Hospital de La Raza, which enriches not only the study of Rivera and his borderless artistic vision but also our understanding of cultural and social issues that connect California, Mexico and all nations of the world.