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Detroit’s Rivera: Public Art, Film and Fordism

Date: Time: 5:00 pm
Andrews Hall Room: Dudley Bailey Library Room 229
Additional Info: ANDR
Contact: Department of Modern Languages & Literatures, (402) 472-3745,
Professor Julio Ramos’ presentation is based on the archival material he used for a visual essay about Diego Rivera’s “Detroit Industry Murals” commissioned by the Detroit Institute of Art in 1932. These murals generated much polemic given Rivera’s communist background and the different worker’s struggles during the Great Depression. Ramos’ presentation blends the Fordist visual archive in Detroit (the assembly line at the River Rouge Factory, the extraction of rubber from the Amazon, the precariousness of working conditions and the propaganda machine of the Ford Company’s Movie Division) with Diego Rivera’s and Frida Khalo’s own artistic attempts to capture in their art the visual euphoria of industrial capitalism at its heights. Introduction by Professor Luis Othoniel Rosa

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