Despite fierce criticism of the President of Marygrove College Dr. George Derry, Henry Ford decided to go ahead and have the Marxist painter Diego Rivera from Mexico complete his murals in the Detroit Institute of Arts and they were unveiled on this day.
The murals celebrated the American worker, particularly those on the production lines of car plants.
On December 8, 2011 Google honored the painters 125th birthday with a Google Doodle.
The Magnificent Diego Rivera Murals at Detroit Institute of Arts, The Sojourner, October 9, 2013.
Louis Aguilar, “Art that rocked Detroit: 80th anniversary of the DIA’s Diego Rivera murals”, Detroit News, March 23, 2013.
Alicia Pflaumer, Diego Rivera, communist and Mexican icon, honored with Google Doodle, Christian Science Monitor, December 8, 2011.