Mexican art in the heart of Detroit

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     One of the things I love about being a teacher is that I can share with my students the culture and art of Mexico, and how it has spread to the United States and the world.

     When I lived in Ohio, I was fortunate enough to be able to take my students to the Detroit Institute of Art, DIA museum, where the Diego Rivera murals are and which are considered one of the most precious cultural jewels of that city. A tribute to the industry and labor force of the 30s. The murals were made under a technique called “fresco” in a period of 11 months, between 1932 and 1933.

DIA museum
With my students in the DIA museum in Detroit, MI.

     With this theme and commissioned by Edsel Ford, the son of Henry Ford; the Mexican painter Diego Rivera painted the murals that rest in the heart of the museum.

It is very impressive to be in front of these murals, where the colors and shapes remain intact after more than 80 years. The “Rivera Court” as it is called, is the main floor of the museum where concerts and other important events happen.

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