Professor Mark Johnson Comments on Murals and Politics

Monday, September 24, 2018
MISSION LOCAL (SAN FRANCISCO) -- Closer to our times, John D. Rockefeller famously commissioned Diego Rivera to paint a mural at Rockefeller Center — then had it razed when Rivera inserted leftist political imagery into it. But, notes Mark Johnson, an Art professor at San Francisco State and the school’s former gallery director, Rockefeller didn’t raze the artwork of Henry Billings, Louis Bouche, Dean Cornwell, Jose Maria Sert, Ezra A. Winter, Barry Faulkner and many others. You can still go see it today.