Minutes of Art Commission limits action to approving “the design of the Diego Rivera Mural,” which it did at a special meeting December 9, 1940. (Thereby not indicating it acquires/owns it.)
Decoration of American Tanker Captain -- Japanese Consul General -- Asama Maru (ship) (December 13, 1940). BANC PIC 1959.010--NEG, Part 2, Box 158, [140188.05]. 3 negatives
Exhibition of Rivera’s works at the SFMA till the 31st. (A&R, p.99)
Pflueger’s reply to Dec. 9 letter from Time: ‘you’ve got it right.’
Letter from Pflueger to Morley listing those that have already contributed to buying Rivera’s landscape for SFMA. (Symbolic Landscape or Minervegtanimortvida) Subscriber list: Rosalie M. Stern, Clara Hellman Heller, Albert M. Bender, William L. Gerstle, W.W. Crocker, Harry Camp, Pflueger. See 1.17.40
Pflueger letter to Rivera enclosing two checks for landscape and requesting acknowledgment on enclosed copy of same letter.
“Exhibit Place for Mural Urged: Art Board Suggests Temporary Home for Rivera Work” (SF Exam)
Louella Parsons says Paulette is doing needlepoint from Rivera sketches. (SF Exam)
Letter from Cosgrove & Company, Inc. (underwriters) to Pflueger requesting notification when the mural is coming down.
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)
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.]
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.]
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]