1940-10-26 00:00:00

HOY picture of Chaplin and Goddard celebrating the opening of The Great Dictator in NY.

Irene Bohus now lives 235E 73rd Street, NYC (NY Times) [Frida’s across Central Park and with Paulette there, too, Diego's lovers have moved east.]

1940-10-24 00:00:00

Frida sends letter to ELP from 88 Central Park West, NY.  She expresses concern over Rivera’s health and lays-in about Guadalupe Marin.  (ELP files)  [Frida is giving testimony in the Lupe Marin defamation suit against Bertram Wolfe for his portrayal of her in his Rivera book. He implied they were “living in sin,” and Lupe says they were married by a priest. 

1940-10-18 00:00:00

Rivera written draft letter replying to Jay [sic Lofton] Lovestone listing reasons for not appearing at the convention of Ladies Garment Workers Union in May, i.e., no money, avoiding clutches of GPU, contractual obligations to the GGIE.  In P.S. he takes Lofton to task for “helpless petit-bourgeoisie pacifism.”  [Diego is advocating that the US get into the war against the Nazis, which de facto would pit the US against Stalin's USSR, which is allied with Germany via the 1939 Non-Aggression Pact.]

1940-10-21 00:00:00

As Frida departs for New York, she leaves a love note for Rivera written on the “valuables envelope” she got at St. Luke’s Hospital. She says when she gets back they’ll marry forever. (ELP files)

[This is sometime on or before Oct. 21, assuming the train takes three days. Oct. 24 she writes to ELP from NY. (Per Frida, p.300), Heinz Berggruen leaves a day earlier & awaits her on route.]

1940-10-14 00:00:00

Life magazine has an article on the “Art in Action” costume party the previous month. Heinz Berggruen is pictured as an accordion player. Rivera paints on scaffolding as the party whirls around him. Photo of Rivera and Pflueger as Rivera. [See Sept 23]

1940-10-10 00:00:00

Pflueger’s notes from meeting with Abbott about the design for the mural crates. [Get panels out vertically and try to use lumber at the Fine Arts building. Per my calculations a crated large panel weighs about 3 tons!]