John Crosse: Southern California Architectural History

John Crosse's blog covers characters important to our story as they traversed the state. We have shared information for a number of years. His output is prodigious, the gold standard for us.

Cultural Heritage Imaging

See a description of CHI’s photogrammetry shoot of the mural. This digital record will be a benchmark of the mural’s physical condition for future generations

KQED's Let's Get Lost app

This is KQED’s take on a mural tour app.

Emmy Lou Packard Papers, 1900-1980, Archives of American Art.

Primary assistant Emmy Lou also acted as Diego’s secretary in 1940-41 and so had an intimate perspective on work surrounding our mural. Her son, our good friend Don Cairns (the little boy in the front center of the mural), has been very supportive of our efforts.

“El Rey”, Olmec head replica at City College.

This is a one minute “detail” video of the 9 foot high, 14 ton replica of the eponymous 3000 year old Olmec head by Maestro Ignacio Pérez Solano.
Here is a 23 minute abridged version of the Documentary by filmmaker Bill Dierssen.  The head was a 2004 gift from the state of Veracruz, Mexico. Here is a link to the Olmec head in 3-D.• The PBS History Detectives segment on Thelma Johnson Streat.

A Diego Rivera assistant on the mural, she left with Rivera’s blessing to have a show at L.A.'s Stendahl Gallery.
Julia Bergman and Will Maynez appear in the episode.

Tour of NYC with Diego Rivera - Exhibit at NYC MOMA

MoMA's 2011-2012 retrospective of Rivera's 1931 one-man show. He was second only to Matisse in having a solo show.

Art @ City College

A guide to the art at City College.

Resources about Diego Rivera at the CCSF Library

A guide to information available at the College.