Detroit Institute of Arts Diego Rivera Court Photos

The Detroit Institute of Arts and its patrons commissioned Diego Rivera to paint the central grand marble court frescoes called the Detroit Industry cycle (1932-33). Given Rivera's leftist philosophy he depicted the equality of workers and managers, the benefits and horrors of the technologies involved, and other details which displeased some of the patrons. The murals were nearly even destroyed during the McCarthy era. Today they stand as a powerful statement and a great work of art.

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Detroit Institute of Arts core building in Cultural Center Historic District. Detroit, MI.Detroit Industry Murals by Diego Rivera in Rivera Court at Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, MI.South wall of Detroit Industry Murals by Diego Rivera at Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, MI.West wall of Detroit Industry Murals by Diego Rivera at Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, MI.
Detroit Institute of Arts core building (1927) in Cultural Center Historic District. Detroit, MI. Architect: Paul Phillippe Cret.Detroit Industry Murals (1932-33) by Diego Rivera in Rivera Court at Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, MI.South wall of Detroit Industry Murals by Diego Rivera at Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, MI.West wall of Detroit Industry Murals by Diego Rivera at Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, MI.
North wall of Detroit Industry Murals by Diego Rivera at Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, MI.South wall depicting final stage of auto production on Detroit Industry Murals by Diego Rivera at Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, MI.Machinery over final car assembly on south wall of Detroit Industry Murals by Diego Rivera at Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, MI.Supervisor & workers at car assembly on south wall of Detroit Industry Murals by Diego Rivera at Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, MI.
North wall of Detroit Industry Murals by Diego Rivera at Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, MI.South wall depicting final stage of auto production on Detroit Industry Murals by Diego Rivera at Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, MI.Machinery over final car assembly on south wall of Detroit Industry Murals by Diego Rivera at Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, MI.Supervisor & workers at car assembly on south wall of Detroit Industry Murals by Diego Rivera at Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, MI.
Moving undercarriage into position on south wall of Detroit Industry Murals by Diego Rivera at Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, MI.Grinding panels on south wall of Detroit Industry Murals by Diego Rivera at Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, MI.Stamping machine on south wall of Detroit Industry Murals by Diego Rivera at Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, MI.North wall depicting auto engine & transmission production on Detroit Industry Murals by Diego Rivera at Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, MI.
Moving undercarriage into position on south wall of Detroit Industry Murals by Diego Rivera at Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, MI.Grinding panels on south wall of Detroit Industry Murals by Diego Rivera at Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, MI.Stamping machine on south wall of Detroit Industry Murals by Diego Rivera at Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, MI.North wall depicting auto engine & transmission production on Detroit Industry Murals by Diego Rivera at Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, MI.
Making engine blocks on north wall of Detroit Industry Murals by Diego Rivera at Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, MI.Engine block assembly line on north wall of Detroit Industry Murals by Diego Rivera at Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, MI.Engine block machining on north wall of Detroit Industry Murals by Diego Rivera at Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, MI.Engine block workers on north wall of Detroit Industry Murals by Diego Rivera at Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, MI.
Making engine blocks on north wall of Detroit Industry Murals by Diego Rivera at Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, MI.Engine block assembly line on north wall of Detroit Industry Murals by Diego Rivera at Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, MI.Engine block machining on north wall of Detroit Industry Murals by Diego Rivera at Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, MI.Engine block workers on north wall of Detroit Industry Murals by Diego Rivera at Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, MI.
Anonymity of workers on north wall of Detroit Industry Murals by Diego Rivera at Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, MI.Workers moving auto parts on north wall of Detroit Industry Murals by Diego Rivera at Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, MI.West wall of Detroit Industry Murals by Diego Rivera at Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, MI.Contrast of civilian & war planes over mining, shipping & rubber plantations needed for car production on west wall of Detroit Industry Murals by Diego Rivera at Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, MI.
Anonymity of workers on north wall of Detroit Industry Murals by Diego Rivera at Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, MI.Workers moving auto parts on north wall of Detroit Industry Murals by Diego Rivera at Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, MI.West wall of Detroit Industry Murals by Diego Rivera at Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, MI.Contrast of civilian & war planes over mining, shipping & rubber plantations needed for car production on west wall of Detroit Industry Murals by Diego Rivera at Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, MI.
Worker in front of plant equipment on west wall of Detroit Industry Murals by Diego Rivera at Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, MI.Welding Ford Trimotor aircraft over dove of peace on west wall of Detroit Industry Murals by Diego Rivera at Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, MI.Soldiers in gas masks with aircraft over hawk of war on west wall of Detroit Industry Murals by Diego Rivera at Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, MI.Southwest corner scenes of Detroit Industry Murals by Diego Rivera at Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, MI.
Worker in front of plant equipment on west wall of Detroit Industry Murals by Diego Rivera at Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, MI.Welding Ford Trimotor aircraft over dove of peace on west wall of Detroit Industry Murals by Diego Rivera at Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, MI.Soldiers in gas masks with aircraft over hawk of war on west wall of Detroit Industry Murals by Diego Rivera at Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, MI.Southwest corner scenes of Detroit Industry Murals by Diego Rivera at Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, MI.
Northwest corner scenes of Detroit Industry Murals by Diego Rivera at Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, MI.Northeast corner scenes of Detroit Industry Murals by Diego Rivera at Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, MI.Southeast corner scenes of Detroit Industry Murals by Diego Rivera at Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, MI.Scene of baby being vaccinated on Detroit Industry Murals by Diego Rivera at Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, MI.
Northwest corner scenes of Detroit Industry Murals by Diego Rivera at Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, MI.Northeast corner scenes of Detroit Industry Murals by Diego Rivera at Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, MI.Southeast corner scenes of Detroit Industry Murals by Diego Rivera at Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, MI.Scene of baby being vaccinated on Detroit Industry Murals by Diego Rivera at Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, MI.

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