The Making of a Fresco Showing the Building of a City was painted at the school by renowned Mexican artist
Diego Rivera in 1931.

Diego Rivera Gallery

Suspension of Belief
Monday, February 24 - Saturday, March 1, 2014
Diego Rivera Gallery
Reception » Tuesday, February 25 | 5–7 pm
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco,

About the Student Exhibition

Installation art is about the recognition and transformation of space. With Suspension of Belief, four artists present a show that draws the viewer’s attention upwards into the lofty space comprising the Diego Rivera Gallery. Through suspended artworks that engage each other in dialogue and collaboration, the artists explore the nature of what is floating, above, high, elevated, and overhead in order to activate the possibilities of verticality. 
Artworks will be securely suspended on the overhead rafters of the Diego, with nothing on the traditional wall and floor surfaces of the gallery. Just as the Rivera mural fully utilizes the height of the wall on which it is painted, the works installed will harness the full volume of space inside the gallery—without obscuring the mural. With color and movement connecting pieces in a way that preserves individuality but creates continuity, the works create a dialogue about whimsicality, ephemeral spectacle, and humor, while bringing awareness to the space above our heads 
Participating Artists

Joanne Easton
Marshall Elliott
Mary Ma
Nathan Rosquist


About the Diego Rivera Gallery Exhibitions
The Diego Rivera Gallery, home to SFAI’s historic Diego Rivera Mural, is a student-directed exhibition space for work by SFAI students. The gallery provides an opportunity for students from all academic programs to present their work or curate in a gallery setting; to use the space for large-scale installations; or to experiment with artistic concepts and concerns in a public venue.

The Gallery is open daily from 9 am–5 pm for exhibition and mural viewing on SFAI’s 800 Chestnut Street campus. Opening receptions are on Tuesdays, with an artist talk at 5:30 and a reception from 5–7 pm. For a complete schedule of SFAI's lectures and events, please visit