Frida Kahlo: Her Photos Exhibit

6/16/2014

 MOLAA, Museum of Latin American Art held it's has showcase of the Frida Kahlo, Her Photos exhibit from March 12 to July 8th, 2014. The exhibit featured Frida Kahlo's person photo album housed some of her most intimate moments with family and friends. The album also gives details into her family, her marriage, and her accident.

All the major events and details you may have missed from the book, the movie, or class lectures were featured in this array of black and white pictures. The exhibit took you back in time and showcased the beauty of photography and the life of a woman who fought for social liberties. She was more than just an artist, she was a daughter, sister, wife, lover, humanitarian, woman, and political strategist.She was simply amazing.
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I want to outline a few things that I learn while in attendance and also discuss the atmosphere and why it is important to involve yourself in the arts and support arts in schools.

Important Information about museum:

Let me start by saving the line was an hour and thirty minute wait at 11am. That is just to show you how bad people wanted to get in and see Frida Kahlo personal photo album. When we left there was still an hour wait in line and that was around 3pm. On Sunday's the museum entry is free and this was also the last day for the exhibit so keep in mind these were the reasons for the long line.

Pictures were not allowed to be taken in the Frida Kahlo exhibit and so, I am very sorry I was unable to show you  but maybe you can catch it at another museum or city. It was something to go see for yourself.

As I was walking around the exhibit I found a gem, another another exhibit in the museum dedicated to an artist by the name of Macros Ramirez called Erre.

My favorite docents were: Cristina and Ken Gaines
Introduced themselves to my friend and I later joined in on the tour of the exhibit dedicated to promoting the injustices faced by Mexicans due to oil refineries in the country.

Marcos Ramiréz Erre Exhibit

The Gaines educated me on the important issues that are being faced by Mexican due to the oil investors and corporate owners many who are Americans. It was a great way to learn about capitalist ideologies support by Marxist ideals of the artist < Sorry that may be too much for some so I'll just leave it there and go on an educational rant on a later blog.

The exhibit wall states, "provokes by questioning and pondering about the contextual themes related to the spaces when his works are presented. The exploration of Mexico's petroleum production, beginning of the 20th cent."

Petrolem became privately owned (PEMEX) and Soccer is used as a distraction from what's really going on with the use of this material in Mexico.

1. There were shields with clubs that were used as art pieces to assert the way gas companies names were switched around for example: ARCO was WAR CO. CHEVRON was CAVRON. All the shields had colors of Mexico.

2. Eye Charts had quotes from Millionaires and celebrity politicians. A few men listed were John Paul Getty and George W. Bush Jr. who were all capitalist who profited off oil consumption.

What I learned About Frida Kahlo:

  • Frida Kahlo was German (Father) and Creole/Spanish/Indian (Mother). She was born in Mexico and considered Mexican.
  • Her husband, famous muralist Diego Rivera, had an affair with her younger sister Cristina.
  • Her father was a photographer.
  • She had many famous Mexican friends and actresses.
  • She spent most of her time in and out of the hospital.
  • Frida painted numerous pictures while she was bedridden due to injuries sustained because of her accident.
  • She was married twice, both times to her husband Diego.
  • She had affairs with other men and women and so did Rivera.
  • In many ways she was womanist more than a feminist.
  • She did not have any children probably due to her injuries.
  • She smoked cigarettes lol. Seriously, I had no idea. 

I love Frida Kahlo and everything she ever did. Her artwork is vivid with colors and connected nature with people. I loved the way she dressed and how she kept elements of her German ancestry and tied them in with the fabric of her upbringing in Mexico. She is just inspiring to women who want to feel liberated but still womanly. For example, when Rivera had an affair with her sister Kahlo did not like it, she let him know it was not ok, and then she let the world know that just because he did it she wouldn't let it break her or the love she had for him. She was just strong! Even going through her accident and dealing with the pain of recovery, she still managed to do what she loved and never let anything (accident) or anyone (Rivera) get her down. Kahlo did what she wanted to do and she was really good at it. She was fearless and I believe that women need to look back at what made other women so great and how they overcame many challenges to pave the way for women like us today. We forget that we, as women, were not always so liberated in the world and we take that for granted. Some of us don't know how to get through the tough times, but if we look at quotes from people like Frida Kahlo we will have answers to many of our questions. Even though, times have changed, we are still human and can relate to situations that have come and gone before us.



So I want to leave you with some of my favorite quotes:

"I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it's true I'm here, and I'm just as strange as you.”

- Frida Kahlo

"There have been two great accidents in my life. One was the trolley, and the other was Diego. Diego was by far the worst.”

- Frida Kahlo
quotes from http://www.fridakahlo.org/frida-kahlo-quotes.jsp

Beofre you go:

What did you not  know about Frida? What is your favorite artwork by Frida Kahlo? list it below and let's talk about it.
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