Monthly Archives: January 2011

DIA’s photo of the week – a rare portrait of Frida Kahlo

From the DIA's archive - Frida Kahlo overlooking Rivera Court circa 1932-33 (c) Detroit Institute of Arts

Last fall, I presented an informal talk for new members in celebration of the museum’s 125th anniversary. It seemed appropriate to look back on our long and illustrious history with a few historical photographs from the museum’s archive. DIA photographer Shell Hensleigh found the treasure above – a casual portrait of artist Frida Kahlo taken in the 1930s while her husband Diego Rivera completed his mural commission at the museum. Kahlo stood on the balcony overlooking the courtyard that we now refer to as Rivera Court.

Detroit Industry murals by Diego Rivera (c) Detroit Institute of Arts, 2011