DIA wraps up Diego and Frida exhibition with folk music, giant Diego puppet


Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit, c. 1933, Courtesy of Spencer Throckmorton Collection, New York - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit, c. 1933, Courtesy of Spencer Throckmorton Collection, New York
The Detroit Institute of Arts’ exceedingly popular Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit exhibition is nearing the end of its run, and the museum is plotting a few final auxiliary events.

On June 19, the museum will feature performances by Mexican folk music group Tlen-Huicani, which performs in the indigenous language of Nahutal and uses instruments unique to the Veracruz region, such as the harpa joarocha. The group has sets at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

Meanwhile, Detroit’s Matrix Theatre Company is constructing "a giant walking puppet in the likeness of Diego Rivera," which they will debut onstage at the Detroit Film Theatre during the Concert of Colors on July 10. Patrons can help construct the puppet by attending workshops from noon to 4 p.m. on June 27, 28, 30 and from noon to 8 p.m. on July 2 and 3.

Lastly, also as part of the Concert of Colors, the DIA will stage Art as a Weapon: Five Scenes of Frida and Diego in Detroit, a multimedia performance that re-creates five scenes using actual dialogue originally spoken by Rivera and Kahlo. The scenes were written and produced by author Louis Aguilar. 

For more information, check out dia.org. Read our cover story, "A guide to Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in the kitchen," here.

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