1940-12-09 00:00:00

Letter from Kathryn Grondahl (acting for John F. Allen, Pacific Coast Editorial Representative for Time, Inc.) to Pflueger. Letter asks Pflueger’s confirmation of Time’s take on talk they had with Rivera about “the figures shown in the Tree of Life panel of the mural” and their meaning.  (Pflueger files)

1940-12-08 00:00:00

Rivera and Frida remarry in San Francisco City Hall on his 54th birthday with his assistant, Arthur (and Alice) Niendorff witnessing. (SF Chron, 12.9.40, pg.12)  

Superior Judge George Schonfeld presides. (SF Exam, 12.6.40, p.13)  [Frida is at the Alexander Hamilton Hotel per the license.]

1940-12-02 00:00:00

Letter from Pflueger to Bottoroff of the GGIE requesting that the mural be left in place until Carter’s Goddess of the Forest can be moved.  It’s in the way of photographing the mural (to make color reproductions for sale.)  (Pflueger files) [Ironically, the Goddess was again in the way at the 1999 photo shoot.]

1940-12-01 00:00:00

Public viewing of “unfinished” mural (see Dec.8 & Dec. 29) today and tomorrow, noon to 5 p.m., (SF Chron, 12.2.40) “The occasion was a preview of Diego Rivera’s vast, super colossal, and possibly slightly dizzying fresco mural,”  “open house a great success”, “more than 1,000 motorists,” “Silent memorial service for the GGIE…,” (SF Exam, 12.2.40, p.8)

Frida returns to SF from NY. (SF Chron, 12.6.40, p.1, col.3) [See Nov.28]

1940-11-29 00:00:00

Private preview of the Mural from seven to eleven p.m.

(Rivera signs “unfinished” mural in lower right area on the scroll beside Wooden Indian. He'll return on December 8 to do touch-ups. Next to his signature are the initials “BM.” Could these be of William “Bill” Monahan, General Mgr. of the GGIE?

BOE letter to Bottoroff requesting the mural be crated /delivered to the old Palace of Fine Arts. (Pflueger files)

Pflueger letter to Bottoroff saying he has notified Rivera et al of their termination.  (Pflueger files)

1940-11-25 00:00:00

Thelma Johnson Streat show opens at Stendahl Gallery in L.A. It runs till Dec. 7. (Does DR fly there for opening? June 17, 1945 Portland Oregonian says so, but it seems highly unlikely given the pressure he's under to finsih the mural by November 29.)

1940-11-22 00:00:00

Bottoroff letter to Pflueger asking him to notify Rivera, Arthur Niendorff and Emmy Packard that they are terminated as of close of business, 11.30.40.  (Pflueger files)

Pflueger letter to Bottoroff sending copies of pertinent letters in regards to the deal he made on behalf of the GGIE with the BOE.

BOE letter to Pflueger regarding Nov. 19 meeting where their Resolution G-828 accepted mural contingent on advice from Art Commission and insuring it. It will temporarily be stored in the old Palace of Fine Arts.