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Art & Inspiration Diego Rivera's Ford (Detroit Industry) Mural

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Jive-Bomber, Dec 28, 2010.

  1. Jive-Bomber
    Joined: Aug 21, 2001
    Posts: 2,951


  2. They're cool.... What also strikes me is the sheer number of laborers needed to create an auto back in the day. Compare that to a modern day auto manufacturing line.
    I miss American manufacturing.
  3. hotrodladycrusr
    Joined: Sep 20, 2002
    Posts: 20,733


    It's s stunning piece of artwork and certainly worth a peek when visiting the Motor City.
  4. It's also bigger than it looks in pictures... The edge of the bench on the far left in pic #1 should give you the scale.
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  5. More people working meant more people spending - which means more people working. WOW that was simple!!!!! As the above post said "I love American Manufacturing" Think about this 50% of our economy was based on manufacturing during the middle 1900's now it's roughly 10%. My Wife's Grandfather was a Teacher at Detroit Arts and Craftswhich became Detroit Center for Creative Studies ( CCS ) and used to go watch Deigo work on the mural in between classes. The DIA is a Gem in our city and a must see if you are in town.
  6. sinticket
    Joined: May 6, 2006
    Posts: 577


    Absolutely stunning, never knew this existed...will check it out for sure when we are in Detroit for the Autorama
  7. sodbuster
    Joined: Oct 15, 2001
    Posts: 4,936

    from Kansas

    Very cool post! The painting of a mural is a lost art that "graffiti" artist are carrying on.

  8. ClearSpot
    Joined: Aug 20, 2009
    Posts: 939

    from Michigan

    Have seen it dozens of times,and it is truly amazing! Another MUST SEE if your in town,is the Henry Ford museum.Not that far away in Dearborn.
    You'll see Goldenrod,Malco Gasser,a newly acquired bellytanker, and much much more cool stuff.
  9. Sanders
    Joined: Nov 15, 2007
    Posts: 62

    from Texas

    wow, that's very cool. Now I want to see it in person!
  10. Very cool. I never knew it existed. I was up in Detroit this past summer to see the Henry Ford museum. I could've seen it then. Oh well, i guess I have to go back.

    The 360 degree view of the museum walls are really cool!
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  12. Rolleiflex
    Joined: Oct 25, 2007
    Posts: 703


    Beautiful! I love the modernistic murals that were painted in the 20s and 30s. Back during the depression one of the answers to helping people was putting them to work. Among other things the WPA gave many people jobs painting posters and murals in government buildings, that as far as I'm concerned are national treasures.

  13. V8RPU
    Joined: Sep 23, 2010
    Posts: 156

    from Nor Cal

    There are 2 Rivera Murals close to you that you can see. The first was from 1930 and is a two story fresco in the City Club inside the old stock exchange building at 155 Sansome St. in San Francisco. The second is a huge fresco done during the 1939-40 SF Worlds Fair on Treasure Island which was relocated to the entrance lobby of the theatre at SF City College. As in the mural in Detroit it is fun to identify the people that Rivera painted into his murals.
  14. Hot Rods Ta Hell
    Joined: Apr 20, 2008
    Posts: 3,100

    Hot Rods Ta Hell

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing. In the portion where the workers are wielding 3 lb. sledge hammers, one worker's cap reads "we want"... What's the rest of the quote. The stern looking supervisor looking on. The porrtion where the public looks on is so authentic looking; like old time photos-ever notice smiles were very rare. Everyone always looked tired and serious back then. Tough times.

    I love murals. Several years ago, workers stumbled upon a lost mural at San Diego Staute University;
  15. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 12,289

    from Michigan

    There's murals like that on the walls in the library at Maples Elementary/Jr high school in Dearborn also. I've been meaning to go back and visit the old place where I went to school as a kid.. :)
  16. justanotherguy
    Joined: Apr 19, 2007
    Posts: 186


    I think there's a Rivera mural at the S.F. Art Institute also, in or near the main art gallery, and something tells me the murals at Coit Tower are also his.
  17. 57Custom300
    Joined: Aug 21, 2009
    Posts: 1,261

    from Arizona

    America misses manufacturing.... The murals are just one more thing we who grew up in Detroit take for granted. I've seen them more than a few times and don't appreciate them as I should.
  18. HotrodVon
    Joined: Mar 12, 2001
    Posts: 291


    The Coit Tower murals are Diego-Inspired... Very cool though!

  19. treb11
    Joined: Jan 21, 2006
    Posts: 2,774


    he was in the factory in 33-34 for inspiration, since the chassis has an X-member
  20. Asphalt Outlaw Hero
    Joined: Dec 9, 2006
    Posts: 964

    Asphalt Outlaw Hero
    from Dixie

    we were walking around san francisco and stumbled into an art school that had lot of his murals.
  21. Evel
    Joined: Jun 25, 2002
    Posts: 9,022

    1. 60s Show Rods

    That is so damn cool...
  22. sanfordsotherson
    Joined: Mar 21, 2005
    Posts: 912

    from So. Cal.

    Sooo cool! I've never seen these, and I really like this artist.
    Ever notice how many of his paintings contain Calla Lilies?

    ...sunflowers too, and corn...:D
  23. Slick Willy
    Joined: Aug 3, 2008
    Posts: 2,998

    Slick Willy

    I'd like to see Detroit's "secrets" highlighted more. It seems like that city could use a little boost these days...
  24. chevy57dude
    Joined: Dec 10, 2007
    Posts: 3,376


    Did anyone else notice the one with a tour group(?) and the girl at the front with a betty boop expression and a short skirt? Dig the dirty looks the 2 holy people are giving her!:eek: And the one with Henry teaching with the Flatty; the sorta cave-man looks on the pupils' faces.
  25. sanfordsotherson
    Joined: Mar 21, 2005
    Posts: 912

    from So. Cal.

    Did anybody notice in the 6th picture, the 'bow-tie' emblem in the side window of that car body? Do you think he sneeked that in on purpose?

    After all...Mexicans do love their Chevys. :D
  26. zgears
    Joined: Nov 29, 2003
    Posts: 1,533


    Awesome, Diego Rivera did a mural at Rockefeller Center that was Immediately destroyed, because it was deemed too "Commie ".

    anyone notice the flathead has dog legs?

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  27. GoBettie
    Joined: Aug 27, 2007
    Posts: 41


    Love it! I'm a huge fan of Diego Rivera. I love the shading and color he used, the sense of movement and the tremendous detail in this mural are awesome. It just invites you to follow every line.
  28. Firepower71
    Joined: Nov 22, 2010
    Posts: 145

    from Atlanta

    Thanks for the art history education. Beautiful artwork. My girlfriend learned about this by watching 'Frida' I'm glad I learned about it on The Journal.
  29. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 12,289

    from Michigan

    We could use a lot of boost!!! :(
  30. pimpin paint
    Joined: May 31, 2005
    Posts: 4,964

    pimpin paint
    from so cal


    Diego's work at Rockefeller Center wasn't the only example thought by some to be too leftist! The Ford's weren't exactly taken with his work.

    " Life ain't no Disney movie "

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