Wednesday, June 4, 2014


The Diego Rivera Fresco appear in my blog represent a view of Detroit Industry as the artists unique perspective upon the interaction between the explosive advances in manufacturing depicted and human frailty.

Graham W.J. Beal, Director of the Detroit Institute of Arts in his June Letter to the membership announces that the Rivera creation has now earned National Historic recognition. Director Beal references the work as not only murals, but as enacted in “fresco cycle.”

Immediately I thought of the blog and my error. I failed to describe Rivera’s “fresco” style. I can only attribute the error to time spent in a novice “freestyle” study as I took refuge from my classes in the courtyard. I wish to edit and revise this portion of my overview I employ.

The creation of Rivera’s Fresco faced immense criticism from Detroit’s elite labeling the work leaning to a socialist view. As sponsors, the Edsel Ford family came under fire and extreme pressure to make changes. To their credit, the Ford family stood their ground. Members of the Art Community argued the merit and relevancy of the work. To our great fortune Rivera was allowed to complete his amazing masterpiece. Even under duress, Detroit retains this, our jewel. This debate has resurfaced from time to time over the years.

This announcement that the frescoes have now the recognition as a National Landmark is a testament to Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo (under the purview of influence afforded as spouse), the Ford Family, and the DIA and to the citizens of the great City of Detroit.

The existing Depression Era known as Great Recession has taken its’ toll in the dismantling of the middle class and mastery of the upper one percent. This emergence of a new radical right endangers every American.  A revolution in thinking and approach toward government and economic policy will eventually emerge.

Let no one question or doubt the Truth, the foundation and evolution of freedom and democracy is achieved and retained by the sacrifice of ordinary men and women in these extraordinary times.

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