40th Anniversary Reception
Diego Rivera Court | Detroit Institute of Arts | May 14, 2014 | 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Our Annual Conference is always a great opportunity to connect with new friends and favorite colleagues. This year join us as the Federation celebrates 40 years of empowering people and communities through credit unions at a special evening reception in the world-renowned Diego Rivera Court at the DIA.
This reception is open to all Annual Conference attendees who are registered for the entirety of the 2014 Annual Conference, or for the day of May 14, at no additional charge. Transportation will be provided between the MGM Grand Detroit and the DIA.
About the Diego Rivera Court
The Detroit Industry fresco cycle was conceived by Mexican muralist Diego Rivera (1886–1957) as a tribute to the city’s manufacturing base and labor force of the 1930s. Rivera completed the twenty-seven panel work in eleven months, from April 1932 to March 1933. It is considered the finest example of Mexican mural art in the United States, and the artist thought it the best work of his career.
Rivera was a Marxist who believed that art belonged on public walls rather than in private galleries. He found his medium in the fresco, where paint is applied to wet plaster. Its vast size allowed him to explore grand and complex themes, which would be accessible to a large audience. In Mexico, Rivera’s murals tied modern Mexican culture to its indigenous roots, revealing the ancient Indian cultures as Mexico’s true heritage. Similarly, Rivera’s Detroit Industry murals depict industry and technology as the indigenous culture of Detroit.