1.For this assignment, you are to compare two works of art from the famed “Mexican masters,” Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco and David Alfaro Siqueiros. The first work of art has already been selected for you, Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry murals, which he painted in the Motor City during 1932-33. We already viewed the mural during the first week of the semester, and I also provided you with a video commentary on it. The second mural is one of your choice from either Rivera, Orozco or Siqueiros.
2.In terms of the content of this report, I am looking for two main points of discussion. First, you should devote the first half of the report to a discussion about the symbolism of the Rivera Detroit murals, as well as present your views on the murals. To help you to address this issue, consider some of these questions: What are the main themes presented in the murals? How do the murals reflect the indigenismo policy promoted in Mexico after its Revolution? What do the murals say about US-Mexico relations, as well as labor-management relations? Describe some of the personalities presented in the murals, as well as the colors and painting styles used by Rivera. And finally, conclude your discussion by presenting your own views about the mural series. Feel free to draw upon your own political beliefs to shape your perspective. If you’ve actually seen the murals at the Detroit Institute of Arts, please mention your first-hand experience at viewing them.
3. And for the second point of discussion, please compare the Rivera Detroit murals with another mural from a Mexican master. You may select another one by Rivera, or one by his colleagues Jose Clemente Orozco or David Alfaro Siqueiros. In this part of the review, consider these questions: What mural did you select? What year was it painted? Where is the mural located? How does this mural reflect the indigenismo policy? What political themes, if any, can you detect? (i.e. Communism, anti-Imperialism, etc.) How is this mural different than Rivera’s Detroit murals, in terms of colors, flow of movement, shadow, perspective, etc.? Which historical figures are presented in this mural? And finally, don’t forget to present your own opinion about this mural. How did you like it? Of the two murals for this assignment, which one was your favorite?