How does an artist's point of view affect both the intended and perceived meanings of his or her art? How does the meaning and impact of an artwork change when it is made public?
Diego Rivera's murals contained subject matter that expressed his revolutionary ideals. In 1932 John D. Rockefeller Jr., the wealthy American capitalist, commissioned him to paint a mural at Rockefeller Center in New York. The mural was eventually destroyed because it contained an image of Vladimir Lenin, the Russian Communist leader. To understand Rivera's situation and point of view, you will role-play to re-create the sequence of events.
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revolutionary, censorship, mural, public art, point of view