Diego and Frida’s San Francisco Stay

Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo may not be known as San Franciscans, but the city was lucky to host the couple for several years and house Rivera’s gorgeous murals, which depict history, development, and their tumultuous marriage. high contributor Gary Kamiya unpacked the dramas hidden in these tables, including slights at former lovers and mistresses. this week on High Livejoin us for a deep dive into the iconic couple’s relationship and the marks they left on San Francisco.


About the guest:

Gary Kamiya was born in Oakland, grew up in Berkeley, and has lived in San Francisco since 1971. He was a cofounder and longtime executive editor of the groundbreaking website Salon.com, where he reported from the Middle East, covered three Olympics, and wrote about politics, pop culture, literature, art, music, and sports. Until March 2018, Kamiya was the executive editor of Saint Franciso magazine, where he wrote award-winning features about the tech-driven transformation of San Francisco, homelessness, the Tenderloin, the injection drug crisis, the waterfront, the new Museum of Modern Art, the controversy over the canonization of Father Junípero Serra, and legalized marijuana, among other subjects.

His first book, Shadow Knights: The Secret War Against Hitler, was a critically acclaimed narrative history of Britain’s top-secret Special Operations Executive. Kamiya’s second book, Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco, was awarded the 2013 Northern California Book Award for Creative Nonfiction and has sold more than 50,000 copies. His local history column, Portals of the Past, runs every other Saturday in the San Francisco Chronicleand Kamiya’s work has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, artforum, Sports Illustrated, Mother Jonesand many other publications and have been widely anthologized, including in The Best African American Essays 2010, A New Literary History of America from Harvard University Press, and The Longman Reader. Kamiya is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Ron Ross Founder’s Award by the San Francisco History Association and the Redmond Kernan History Award from the Presidio Historical Association. He lives on Telegraph Hill.•

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