Master of Arts
General Art History
This thesis focuses on several works of art created by Diego Rivera for United States patrons in the early twentieth century. Although these U.S. art patrons and Rivera supported the idea of hemispheric unity, the artist’s viewpoint did not always concur with that of the state-side capitalists. Rivera wished to use Pan-American iconography to idealize the indigenous cultures of Latin America, specifically Mexico. The United States capitalists wanted to use art patronage of Latin American artists to instigate a new brand of imperialism – American Imperialism. Nevertheless, through his murals and other projects, Rivera challenged the ideological foundations of the patrons who hired him. This study examines the artist’s visual language that he developed while working in the United States which dealt with the idea of hemispheric, or Pan-American, unity.
Dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
DeCrescenzo, Fascha Denray, "Diego Rivera for a "Greater America": The United States Murals" (2018). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1862.