Due to their fragility and size, the cartoons cannot be loaned
to other museums and were last on view in the 1986 exhibition
Diego Rivera: A Retrospective. When not on display, the
drawings are housed in a climate-controlled custom storage space
in the museum.
“Bank of America’s generous grant enables us to establish a much
needed digital record of these significant drawings,” said
Graham W.J. Beal, DIA director. “Because the drawings are
too fragile to leave the museum, the digital photographs will
provide researchers and
scholars access to an important aspect of Rivera’s work.”
Rivera completed the Detroit Industry in 1933, and
considered them to be his most successful work. The murals are
based on the then state-of-the-art Ford Motor Company River
Rouge Plant. Rivera drew the 13 cartoons in 1932 in
preparation for the murals and gave them to the museum upon
completion of the work.
Five of the drawings will be part of a 2015 exhibition at the
DIA featuring the work of Rivera and
created during their time in Detroit. The cartoons will provide
insight into Rivera’s working process and allow visitors to have
a better understanding of how the Detroit Industry murals
were created. The grant also provides for mounts with a
custom-built lighting scheme and climate control that will make
the cartoons suitable for public display.
The Bank of America Art Conservation Project is a unique program
that provides grants to nonprofit museums throughout the world
to conserve historically or culturally significant works of art
that are in danger of degeneration, including works that have
been designated as national treasures.
Since 2010, Bank of America has provided grants to museums in 25
countries for 57 conservation projects through the Global Art
Conservation Project. In 2012, the program supported the
restoration of a diverse range of works, including Picasso’s
Woman Ironing at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum,
New York; Tintoretto’s Paradise at the
Madrid; the reassembly and preservation of the illuminated
manuscripts of the Anvar-I
Suhayli at the
CSMVS Museum, Mumbai; and five paintings by Marc Chagall
at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. In 2013, the list of
recipients has grown once again to include the restoration of 24
projects in 16 countries.
Hours and Admission: DIA Museum hours are 9
a.m.–4 p.m. Tuesdays–Thursdays, 9 a.m.–10 p.m. Fridays, and 10
a.m.–5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $8 for adults,
$6 for seniors, $4 for ages 6–17, and free for DIA members and
residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. For membership
information call 313-833-7971.