Rivera and the Detroit Murals: A Personal Journey

Harley Shaiken

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Time: 5:00 pm | Streamed from Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City

Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo kiss on the scaffolding. (Photo courtesy of the Detroit Institute of Arts Archives.)
Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo kiss on the scaffolding at the Detroit Institute of Arts in 1932. (Photo courtesy of the Detroit Institute of Arts Archives.)

March 1932 was not a good time to come to Detroit. Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo arrived in the city in the midst of a plummeting economy and social upheaval. The artists painted during grim economic times, yet Rivera’s dream of a popular international art has found an enthusiastic new audience, and Kahlo has become iconic throughout the world. In this talk, Professor Shaiken will explore the ways in which art transcends borders.

Harley Shaiken is Class of 1930 Professor of Letters and Science and Director of the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.  He is a Professor at the Graduate School of Education and a member of the Department of Geography at Berkeley where he specializes on issues of work, technology, and global production. 

This event will be live streamed. To request the link to the livestream, please email clas@berkeley.edu, and have "Shaiken Livestream" in the email's subject line. 

This is one seminar in the series, “Conversations with the Mexican Museum. Art and Representation.” (More about the series) This series is a fundraising event for The Mexican Museum. To donate and become a friend of the Museum, click here: https://www.mexicanmuseum.org/seminario.

Cosponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies, the UDLAP Jenkins Graduate School, and The Mexican Museum