Diego Rivera With Patrons

Diego Rivera With Patrons

Diego Rivera With Patrons, photo by anikarenina.

anikarenina asks Is your cultural institution incendiary?

I assume that’s a reference to the incendiary art of Diego Rivera. The Detroit Institute of Arts is home to one of the most famous collection of Diego Rivera murals. The Diego Rivera Web Museum writes that:

Diego Rivera’s legacy to modern mexican art was decisive in murals and canvas; he was a revolutionary painter looking to take art to the big public, to streets and buildings, managing a precise, direct, and realist style, full of social content.

5 thoughts on “Diego Rivera With Patrons

  1. Excellent interpretation, but the reference comes from a reading for a course I took that was entitled “Social Systems & Collections.” The opening line of David Carr’s thought-provoking piece (at http://www.ala.org/ala/acrl/acrlpubs/rbm/backissuesvol1no/carr.PDF)

    “Great cultural institutions — incendiary cultural institutions — feed flames that illuminate the human capacity to imagine the possible. When we consider our institutions as dramatic stages or provocative forums — places where human beings present themselves to each other, act to change their cognitive lives, perform the passions of their searches, frame their hopeful inquiries, tentatively assert their aspirations—we begin to understand that we preside over a place where something essential and revolutionary goes on.”


  2. Stumbled on a wonderful documentary last night on TV (at 2am);”The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo.” At one point, there’s b/w footage of Rivera on a scaffold, with Frida sitting near him, as he paints on that section on the left of the photograph; the curved metal of a generator. The footage precedes the story of Kahlo’s miscarriage while in Detroit, and how the focus of her art changed forever during her nine days at Henry Ford Hospital. The whole doc is stunningly done, and worth searching out. Andrea, wonderful photo (I enjoy the blue cast) and thanks for the link to the article.


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