Exhibit on Kahlo, Rivera shines welcome spotlight on Detroit museum
Mar 23, 2015 6:00 AM - In July 1932, Frida Kahlo ended up in Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, where a complicated pregnancy came to a painful end. Frida's husband, the Mexican muralist Diego Rivera, referred to the event as "Frida's tragedy," and a self-portrait Kahlo made shortly after shows her glassy-eyed, with a frightened and drawn expression. The drawing appears in an absorbing exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts devoted to the year the two artists spent in what was then the industrial heart of America. "Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit" weaves together two narratives, the emergence of Frida as an individual and daring artist, and the creation of one of the last century's great mural cycles, "Detroit Industry," painted on the walls of a covered courtyard in the DIA's new home.