DIA MURALS:      INTRODUCTION      BROCHURE      RIVERA COURT      EAST      WEST      EXIT  



In the Beginning: East

The east wall is the first wall that you see when entering Rivera Court, it is also the beginning of the narrative told through Rivera's murals. This wall includes an infant rooted in the earth and nestled in a plant that reaches further into the soil, and out into the plowshares that frame the bottom left and right of the center panel on the wall. On the upper left, above the infant, is a nude indigenous woman holding wheat, and on the upper right, is another nude indigenous woman, holding apples. Small still-life panels of fruit are beneath each of the women. The women are not presented as overtly sexual beings; instead, they are equated with the earth, fertility, and the harvest that they hold in their arms. According to Rivera, the infant, plant, and fruit represented life's origins and human dependence on the earth. The plowshares represented both the connection between technology and the earth, while also implying that there is a risk in technology because the sharp edged plowshares surround the helpless infant. This is the beginning of a complicated portrayal of technology as both productive and destructive. By placing technology with the infant, in the first panel visible to a viewer entering the court, Rivera demonstrates his belief that technology is part of the future and is as natural as the infant and fruit displayed on this wall.