Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018 3:40 pm

New Book in bookstores July 9th!

Conversations with Diego Rivera: The Monster in His Labyrinth

A year of weekly interviews, 1949-1950

by Alfredo Cardona-Peña

Every Sunday for a year, Alfredo Cardona Peña sat with Diego Rivera in the artist’s San Angelín studio, where they discussed Rivera’s feelings about the elitist aspect of paintings in museums, his motivations to create public art for the people, and his memorable, unedited expositions on the art, culture, and politics of Mexico.

These historic interviews take the reader on a journey through the mind of one of the most influential and provocative Mexican artists. This work is a unique resource for a deeper understanding of Diego Rivera’s motivations and world view, and is fundamental to researchers of Mexican art and Rivera’s effect on politics and society in the twentieth century.

For the first time, this extraordinary and rare exchange has been translated into English by Alfredo’s half-brother: poet Alvaro Cardona-Hine.

“If art is not made, there is a danger of death,” Diego Rivera tells us in this splendid book, which is itself a powerful argument for life, and for the kinds of vital, authentic art without which fully human lives are impossible.
~Ben Fountain, author of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
“Alfredo Cardona Peña rightly captures in this book the sarcasm, knowledge, wisdom and ingenuity anecdotes and experiences of Diego’s artistic, intellectual and political life in Mexico and the world.”
~Rina Lazo, painter and last living student of Diego Rivera

Celebrate the launch with Una Tertulia in Dallas

Learn how Diego Rivera’s views of the world, art, and politics are relevant today!

Teatro Dallas and New Village Press are cohosting a unique cultural event at The Wild Detectives Bookstore & Bar for the launch of Conversations with Diego Rivera. The evening will feature dramatic readings from the book by Teatro Dallas actors, discussion with the late author’s daughter Cora Cardona, granddaughter Sara Cardona, and writer Ben Fountain. Artist Rina Lazo, Rivera’s last living student, who overheard many of these famous interviews in Rivera’s studio will be an honored guest, as well as artist Barbara Cardona, widow of the book’s translator, Alvaro Cardona-Hine.

The Tertulia will also feature live music and an original ¡Órale Diego! cocktail. Program: 7:30–9:00 pm. Free and open to the public.

More July Events

Big History Association Conference

July 26–29, Villanova, PA: The International Big History Association strives to understand the interconnectedness of humanity and the earth. This fourth biennial conference will present on the theme: “Big History, Big Future: A Cosmic Perspective.” Carl Anthony, author of The Earth, the City, and the Hidden Narrative of Race, and Paloma Pavel, author of Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty, will be presenting the experience of African Americans and African diaspora communities in today’s world.

Teach Art for Social Change

Mat Schwarzman, coauthor of Beginner’s Guide to Community-Based Arts has designed an online course for middle and high school teachers on how to implement art in the classroom to use as a force for social change. Hosted by Xavier University, the course begins on October 3.

Register now before the July 31 priority deadline!

Media News

Sabra Moore in The Women’s Art Journal

The summer 2018 issue of Women’s Art Journal praises Sabra Moore’s Openings: A Memoir from the Women’s Art Movement, New York City 1970–1992 as a fascinating blend of the historical and personal.
Openings is a thoughtful text that has filled a large gap in the telling of women’s art history and looks to inspire us all to think carefully about our own histories and stories and their place in the future.
~Gabrielle Warner

Displacement as the New Segregation

First it was bus seats, now it is homes.

On June 19, or “Juneteenth,” Ronald Shiffman, coauthor of Building TogetherBeyond Zucot
ti Park, and What We See, delivered a poignant statement about the displacement of minorities saying, “fifty-three years after Montgomery we use the same principle of racial segregation in a sophisticated way to sort out and segregate our society—not in buses but in our neighborhoods.”

Click here to read an extended post on our blog!

Colorlines’ Summer Must-Reads

Colorlines shared their Summer Book Roundup, an annual list intended to deepen understanding of the current political climate and how to fight back. Homeboy Came to Orange was featured as one of the “must-reads” of the summer in the activism category thanks to Ernest Thompson’s inspiring journey “to fight for labor rights and racial justice.

ioby Summer Party

During ioby’s 10th anniversary celebration, they honored early project leader Mindy Thompson Fullilove, author of Root Shock and Urban Alchemy, for her work. She spoke later, “When a community is able to get together and advocate for a neighborhood, great things happen.”

ioby believes that it should be easy to make meaningful change “in our backyards” – the positive opposite of NIMBY. They mobilize neighbors who have good ideas to become powerful citizen leaders who plan, fund and make positive change in their own neighborhoods.

Mindy Fullilove’s Summer Reading List

Understanding and Overcoming Slavery’s Legacy of Inequality

Mindy Thompson Fullilove, author and community activist, recommended a summer reading list to prepare for the upcoming 400th anniversary of division in American society. On that list are three books that define our history and provide a groundwork on which to build our future:


Looking Ahead: Upcoming September Books

Placemaking with Children and Youth: Participatory Practices for Planning Sustainable Communities

A comprehensive illustrated guidebook for engaging children and youth in the process of designing their communities

by Victoria Derr, Louise Chawla, and Mara Mintzer

From a history of children’s rights to case studies discussing international initiatives that aim to create child-friendly cities, Placemaking with Children and Youth offers detailed practical guidance in how to engage children and youth in the planning and design of local environments. It explains the importance of children’s active participation in their societies and presents ways to bring all generations together to plan cities with a high quality of life for people of all ages.

First Time in Paperback –Works of Heart: Building Village Through the Arts

Citizen artists revitalize place, celebrate culture, and inspire social change

Edited by Lynne Elizabeth and Suzanne Young

With revised resources throughout the text, this richly-illustrated compendium of multicultural human-interest stories depicts an intersection of creativity and sense of place that offers an introduction to the field of community-based arts. The detailed profiles of nine diverse grassroots projects and their founders in Works of Heart will inspire and inform both community development professionals and citizen activists.