Tuesday, April 28, 2015

DIA and Slows BarBQ - Detroit

When I found out a few months ago that the Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo exhibition was opening up at the Detroit Institute of Art, I mentioned to Andy that we should go, but we didn't really make plans.  Then a few weeks ago, my friend Christen told me that I have to watch "Frida" with Selma Hayak on Netflix.  I remember wanting to see it when it came out a few years ago but hadn't got around to it.  I felt like this was a sign!  With the exhibit running through July and our summer filling up fast I figured we if we're going to do this now is the time!

We watched Frida last week and really enjoyed it!  What a pistol she was!  I knew of Frida and Diego and I could recognize some of their artwork but I didn't know the details of their relationship and their art as the movie portrays.

This past Sunday, off we went with Christen and her family to visit the DIA and see the Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo exhibition...

Ah, we loved it!  Included in the price of the ticket, we each received an audio guide.  I always find audio guides helpful as they make looking at art a little more interactive and educational.  Learning how and why art is made tends to make me appreciate it a lot more.

There were small scale sketches of the Detroit Industry mural and life-sized preparatory drawings of the different walls of the mural.  It was in Detroit that Frida had her first miscarriage which led to a change on the East wall - where there is now a fetus depicted, growing in a pod being nourished by the earth.  Originally, there was supposed to be a farm scene and we got to see the preparatory drawing for it.  There were short silent films throughout the exhibit where you could watch Rivera paint portions of the mural, which took him 11 months to finish.  There were a few of the paintings shown in the film Frida that were on display here, including Frieda and Diego Rivera, 1931 and Henry Ford Hospital, 1932 (and the preparatory sketch), plus a lot more that are less well-known to the common folk like myself ;)

Since there was no photography allowed I only have a few photos from the gift shop.  Frida coasters, why not!

After the exhibition we made our way to Rivera Court.  I've seen this mural once before in person but after learning more about how and why it was made, I find it a lot more interesting!  The size and detail is so impressive.  It was fun to see the different sections here in its finished form compared to the sketches we just saw.

There goes two-year-old Parker, doing laps around the people gathered in Rivera Court!

He has happy to be caught by his mama...

Don't ya just love Spring?

Since listening to an audio guide isn't the most conducive time to have a conversation, we stopped at Slows Bar B Q on the way out of town to grab a late lunch.  This place.  It really is all it is cracked up to be.  The ambiance, the meat, the sides, the drinks...everything is just outstanding.

Andy ordered "The Reason".  Pork butt, smoked slow and pulled, bathed in sauce and topped with their signature coleslaw and dill pickle strips.  It was oh-so-good!  Juicy, smokey and spicy with a pickle-y crunch, yum!

I stuck with my all-time favorite, "The Yardbird".  Smoked chicken, pulled apart and tossed in Yardbird sauce with sauteed mushrooms and cheddar cheese, topped with applewood bacon.  I have no clue what 'Yardbird sauce' is but I do not care because it is insane delicious.

A close up is warranted.  Tender, smother-y, cheesy, pepper-y, HOLY CHICKEN !!!

You can't beat the $3 sides.  Best waffle fries ever.  They were so potato-y and crispy, which sounds like it would be a given, but most fries tastes like grease to me.  No ketchup needed.

Have you seen the Diego and Frida exhibition yet?  Or been to Slows?  What did you think?


  1. What a terrific experience. How amazing would it be to see their work up close & personal. I watched Frida & LOVED it. :]

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    1. Thanks for reading Carmen! It was really cool to see the preparatory sketches, I always thought they just started painted and ended up with their masterpieces...not quite! Isn't Selma perfectly feisty for the Frida role?? I want to watch it again! ;) Charlie


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