Diego Rivera And Frida Kahlo In Detroit: A Year Of Artistic Transformation

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Diego Rivera And Frida Kahlo In Detroit: A Year Of Artistic Transformation
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Megan DiRienzo, Interpretive Specialist at the DIA, will lead a talk about how these two artists left their mark on Detroit and how Detroit left its mark on their art. When they arrived in Detroit, the 44-year-old Rivera was one of the most celebrated artists in the world. His wife, 25, was a brash near-unknown. The commission for the "Detroit Industry" murals was $20,000 at the height of the Great Depression, more than $300,000 today, paid for by Edsel Ford, the son of Henry and the chief of the Ford Motor Company.

Part of the legend of Rivera's "Detroit Industry", is the uproar surrounding its opening. Upon its unveiling in early 1933, conservatives protested the murals as atheistic, communist, dangerous. Of course, in present day it is Frida, not Diego, who is the main attraction. Her year in Detroit is often credited for her sharp turn toward the surrealism for which she is now known.

This event will take place at Antietam restaurant, located in a historic art deco building that was built the same year Diego and Frida were here in Detroit. Original permits and architectural drawings of the building will be on view.

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