Graham W.J. Beal
"Mutual Admiration, Mutual Exploitation:
Rivera, Ford and the Detroit Industry Murals"

February 25, 2010
Graham Beal with image of DIA Garden Court
Graham W.J. Beal, director of the Detroit Institute of Arts, with a picture of the Garden Court at the DIA, before it was adorned with the Detroit Industry frescos by Diego Rivera.

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Diego Rivera regarded his mural cycle at the Detroit Institute of Arts as his finest achievement in the fresco medium. Graham W. J. Beal will discuss the personal, political and economic motivations that lay behind the creation of this complex and controversial work.

Graham W. J. Beal has served as director at the Joslyn Art Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and, since 1999, at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Graham W.J. Beal

Graham W.J. Beal

Graham Beal with portrait of Edsel Ford

Beal before a portrait of Edsel Ford, son of Henry Ford and one of the primary supporters of the DIA
and Diego Rivera's work at the museum.

Graham Beal and Cuauhtemoc Cardenas

Beal with Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas, who as a youth met Rivera in Mexico.

Graham Beal and Ruth Collier

Beal in discussion after the event with political science professor Ruth Collier.



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