365 Days of Art: May 12 – Diego Fired from Second Commission in a Week

Diego Rivera poses next to small artwork.
Diego poses next to copy of the Rockefeller Center mural, which was ultimately destroyed.

May 12, 1933

It’s a rough week for Diego Rivera; three days after being fired from the Rockefeller Center murals in New York for his insistence on celebrating Communism in the artwork, Diego receives a telegram cancelling his commission at the Chicago World’s Fair.