Man at the Crossroads Favorite 



Feb 19 1934


New York

In 1932, Rivera was commissioned by Abby Aldrich Rockefeller and her husband John D. Rockefeller Jr. to paint a mural for the lobby of Rockefeller Center. Rivera kept the original, approved plan for the two outer sides of the mural but changed the inner panel to include a critique capitalism. This inner panel ultimately included: Lenin, prostitutes, and the upper class drinking alcohol and covered in signs of venereal disease.

Upon seeing the depiction on Lenin, Rockefeller fired Rivera and covered the mural with a drape. Despite MoMA's attempt to claim the mural and protestors at the site, the mural was demolished at midnight by Rockefeller Center workmen. Rivera later recreated the mural at the Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City

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