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  1. Hello--Erik, what you have is a treasure and I would love to see it someday. It sounds like it was published during the time of the fair to help administer the various art projects. I am not aware of anything published back then or more recently other than Eugen Neuhaus's Art of Treasure Island which is detailed commentary about some of the art and architecture. There is nothing like a complete catalog. I have done a great deal of research about some of the art, specifically that which represents the "Pageant of the Pacific" theme, so that is limited mostly to the art of the Court of Pacifica and Pacific House. Diego Rivera did not really produce art "for the exposition"--he was hired to create a fresco in the art palace at the GGIE, along with a number of other local artists, in a situation where the GGIE was really just the venue/studio. His Treasure Island fresco was intended to be permanently housed at City College of San Francisco, where it is now--along with a group of other sculptures and mosaic works also intended for permanent installation at CCSF, also created at the same venue. The distinction is between artists hired to make decorative pieces as part of the fair's infrastructure, and artists hired as exhibitors, which is really what Rivera did, as part of a large studio setup called "Art in Action." Art in Action took place in 1940, replacing the various European and Asian art exhibited in 1939. It was the brainchild of Timothy Plueger, one of the chief architects at the GGIE. Hope you see this--would love to see a response from you. You can contact me directly at ggie@treasureislandmuseum.org
  2. Hello all--actually there are many, many color photos, slides and also lots of color film of the GGIE. Color photography was just coming into its own in the late '30s. You're right, the SF expo was overshadowed by New York's--in size, but not in beauty! I've been very involved in preservation on Treasure Island and have written and lectured extensively about the history of the island and the art and architecture of the fair. Just wanted to comment here that somebody said that that the Indiana Jones movie filmed (for about 5 seconds) on Treasure Island was filmed "long after the Navy had left"--that is not true. I think the movie was "Last Crusade," and they made the beautiful streamline Administration Building out to be the Berlin Airport. The Navy would not allow the production crew to use any Nazi paraphernalia so all of that was added post production. (The building was, in fact, an airline terminal until the early '40s.) In any event, until Crystal Skull was made, all of the Indiana Jones movies were completed by 1989. The Navy left Treasure Island in 1997. In fact there is still a small naval presence there (called a "BRAC" officer) trying to tie up all of the loose ends related to radiation and pollution on the island.
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