A Confluence of CivilizationsMexican artist Juan O'Gorman and the mural he created for the 1968 World's Fair in San Antonio, Texas
To create the "Confluence of Civilizations" mural commissioned for the 1968 World's Fair in San Antonio, Texas, Juan O'Gorman collected natural stones from all over Mexicotwelve colors in allfield stones that the artist knew would never fade or change their hue. Juan O'Gorman: A Confluence of Civilizations follows the life ...
Juan O'Gorman was a not only a painter and a muralist, a mosaic artist, a critic, and a professor, but he was also an architect and a revolutionary; possibly most famous for his close friendship with Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo and as designer of their infamous two-house studio in Mexico CityCasa Azullinked by a symbolic bridge.
To celebrate San Antonio's "HemisFair" Exposition in 1968, Juan created the giant mosaic mural that still adorns one wall of the Lila Cockrell Theater along San Antonio's famed River Walk. The design plans for the five ton mosaic measured 2600 square feet and consisted of 540 numbered panels, each weighting about 90 pounds.
"Local author and world explorer Catherine Nixon Cooke has written a book to awake the slumbering mural" — Rivard Report
"With an extensive bibliography, excellent index and a lyrical narrative style that draws the reader into every facet of O’Gorman’s rich and complex life, the book strikes many conﬂuent chords that will resonate in the hearts and minds of readers on both sides of the US-Mexico border." — San Antonio Express-News