Diego Rivera in Detroit

Reading In Detroit, a Case of Selling Art and Selling Out quickly reminded me of a recent trip to Detroit. Ford had invited me to attend their annual thought leader’s conference. Along with hearing people like Steve Wozniak, Sherry Turkle, Seth Godin, Jay Ward, Rachel Shechtman among many others, I also drove around Detroit on a guided tour. One of the first stops was the Detroit Institute of Arts. While it was a brief stop it was one of the highlights of my trip to Detroit. Walking around seeing and experiencing the Diego Rivera murals I had a hard time focusing. There were details within the details. I tried to capture a couple of those views below. Along with the narrative I couldn’t help but be reminded that the murals were part of the environment. It wasn’t just about the building but the fact that it was a reminder of Detroit and the historic beginnings of the assembly line and the people that had to work on it. Reading the NYT article, it was an unfortunate reminder of what might come to be.

In Detroit  a Case of Selling Art and Selling Out   NYTimes.com

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