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In 1931, as the Great Depression was sinking into American society, the Museum of Modern Art invited famed Mexican artist for a one-man mural exhibitions. The circumstances were extraordinary: During the six weeks before the opening, the radical artist produced five "portable murals" with Mexican subject matter and revolutionary themes. (While the exhibit was in progress, he produced three additional murals with New York City subjects.) During its five-week run, the show broke attendance records, but its impact dwindled over time. This companion book to a Diego Riversa MOMA show that will run from November 13th thru mid-May places the exhibition in the context of the stormy political and artistic struggles of the time.