This year the USF Reading Project selection is a mural entitled “Man at the Crossroads,” by artist Diego Rivera. This mural was commissioned by J.D. Rockefeller for the Rockefeller Center in New York, but was destroyed before it was even completed. For the USF Reading Project the campus will use the visual reference of “Man, Controller of the Universe” — a mural which is found today at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City and is the completion of the mural that Diego Rivera began at the Rockefeller Center in New York.
On display at Gleeson Library is an image of “Man, Controller of the Universe” and a selection of books from our collection covering subject areas such as Diego Rivera and his artwork, other muralists, the Works Progress Administration, and San Francisco murals. All the materials on display can be checked-out from the library.
For even more information on the controversy surrounding the selected Diego Rivera mural and related subjects, visit the library’s online guide.