Rivera, Kahlo, and the Detroit Murals: A Personal Journey

Harley Shaiken

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Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Time: 4:00 pm | CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Professor Harley Shaiken discusses one of Diego Rivera's Detroit murals. (Photo by Julia Byrd.)
Professor Harley Shaiken discusses one of Diego Rivera's Detroit murals. (Photo by Julia Byrd.)

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, Harley 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, and specializes on issues of work, technology, and global production.

Part of the Bay Area Latin America Forum.

Shaiken describes his childhood in Detroit for the audience. (Photo by Julia Byrd.)

Shaiken describes his childhood in Detroit for the audience. (Photo by Julia Byrd.)

Professor Harley Shaiken. (Photo by Jacqueline Vela.)

Professor Harley Shaiken. (Photo by Jacqueline Vela.)

Professor Shaiken listening to a question from the audience. (Photo by Jacqueline Vela.)

Professor Shaiken listening to a question from the audience. (Photo by Jacqueline Vela.)

Professor Ruth Collier and Professor Shaiken discuss his presentation. (Photo by CLAS Staff.)

Professor Ruth Collier and Professor Shaiken discuss his presentation. (Photo by CLAS Staff.)

Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo kiss on the scaffolding in Detroit. (Photo courtesy of the Detroit Institute of Art.)

Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo kiss on the scaffolding in Detroit. (Photo courtesy of the Detroit Institute of Art.)