When I found out the Detroit Institute of Arts was having a Diego Frida exhibit I wanted to make sure I didn’t miss it. I told my husband about it and he and I went to the exhibit yesterday evening. After the exhibit we went to Greek town for a visit at our favorite restaurant Golden Fleece. We have been going to that restaurant exclusively since our high school years. The gyro’s are THE BEST EVER and the authentic feel of the restaurant is second to none. If you are ever in Detroit and visit Greek Town don’t forget to grab a gyro at Golden Fleece.
The DIA is such a nice place for a date with your sweetie (or with good friends). When we arrived it was about one hour and one half before closing. It takes about an hour to see the entire exhibit. We paid our fee and went straight upstairs to the second floor exhibit. The woman at the entrance gave us instructions on how to get the most out of the exhibit as well as suggestions and recommendations such as no gum chewing, cell phone silenced, of course no touching the paintings and no photographing of any kind. We were also asked if we would want to have the audio assistance guide. That’s basically a recorded guide that you wear around your neck with headphones. Each exhibit has a three digit number that you punch in and the recording talks about the art piece. It was really great to have that added information but I didn’t really care for the dramatic way the voices were recorded. It was like listening to children get art lessons from an adult. In some instances there were academic professionals who gave their interpretations and more in dept information about the artist and the piece.
I was not aware how much influence Detroit had on the couple and how much they impacted Detroit. Diego’s involvement with Ford motor company and Frida’s tragic loss. All of this captured in their art and in full display at the DIA.
Of all the pieces my husband and I saw that night, the one that had the most impact with me was titled “A Few Small Nips.” It was a piece that reflected on Frida’s emotional dealings with her husbands infidelity imaged through her depiction of a real life event of a woman killed by her husband for her indiscretions. The DIA’s exhibited piece did not have the bird cage or the knife but the frame was blood stained.