The Art Of Controversy: The San Francisco Rincon Post Office Murals That Congress Tried To Shutdown

Rincon Murals

The interior of the San Francisco Rincon Post Office features the renowned “History of California” murals, composed of 27 watercolor murals painted by the Russian immigrant muralist Anton Refregier from 1941 to 1948 under the Federal Art Project of the Work Projects Administration. The murals, in the Social realism style, depict the history of California and San Francisco’s role in it. Immediately following World War II, they generated fierce controversies. Refregier’s detractors criticized his artistic style and questioned his political leanings. The controversy eventually reached the U.S. Congress, where critics called for the murals to be destroyed. The murals led to the preservation of the post office lobby as part of the Rincon Center development.

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