This past weekend I went to see the “Diego Rivera: Murals For The Museum of Modern Art” show at the New York Museum of Modern Art, (or MOMA if you’re cool). In 1931, the MOMA brought Diego to New York and locked him in a room with two assistants, (one of them was his wife Frida Kahlo), and told him to paint some “portable murals” for them. He spent six weeks, working nearly around the clock, to produce these murals on large blocks of plaster. The paintings display Rivera’s usual mix of political commentary and scenes from Mexican history. If you are in New York, you should go check it out. In case you can’t, here they are in all their glory.
In the order of the above gallery the paintings are:
“Liberation of the Peon”
“Agrarian Leader Zapata”