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Fall Lecture on Diego Rivera Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Updated: Oct 26, 2023

Join us on Wednesday, October 18, 2023 at 7pm via Zoom for a lecture entitled, Diego Rivera & The Working Class Hero, in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. Our lecturer, Jonathan Maffay, wrote his dissertation on Diego Rivera. He writes, "When Mexican muralist artist Diego Rivera arrived to the U.S. in the early 1930s, a country in the throes of the Great Depression, he saw less the struggle of the working class, but more the hope that a modern industrial economy might offer the working class. That sense of optimism resonates throughout the murals he painted first in San Francisco and then Detroit. That optimism also resonates within the Center School relief sculptures by Lenore Thomas Straus created during that same period though in a more stylized abstract, stylized manner." This is a virtual event. Please register in advance. Visit the Museum's Eventbrite page to reserve your spot. A Zoom link will be sent prior to the talk. Image above, detail from Diego Rivera's Detroit Industry murals, 1932-33. This event is free! Sponsored by the Friends of the Greenbelt Museum, Greenbelt Recreation, and the City of Greenbelt. To make a tax deductible donation to FOGM, the 501(c)3 nonprofit that supports the Museum, click here.

UPDATE: A recording of this talk is now available on the Museum's YouTube page! Click here to view it.

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