Communist-tinged art: not so popular among titans of capitalism. When Mexican painter Diego Rivera painted Vladimir Lenin into “Man at the Crossroads,” his 1930 mural commissioned for New York’s Rockefeller Center, the building’s managers were not pleased. Rivera was banned from the mural site and his unfinished work was eventually destroyed, never to be displayed publicly. Since then, “Man at the Crossroads” has taken on an almost mythic quality; Rivera re-created the mural in Mexico City and continued to explore political themes in his work for the rest of his life. In a new exhibit, the Mexican Cultural Institute tells the mural’s story with images, documents, and letters—fragments of a mural whose detractors probably did not foresee how significant it would become. The exhibit is on view Mondays to Fridays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays noon to 4 p.m. to March 15, 2014, at the Mexican Cultural Institute of Washington, 2829 16th St. NW. Free. (202) 728-1628. instituteofmexicodc.org.