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Photographing Frida: Portraits of Frida Kahlo

Arkansas Arts Center continues to engage all ages with new exhibit.

The first exhibition about iconic artist Frida Kahlo to appear at the Arkansas Arts Center, Photographing Frida: Portraits of Frida Kahlo/Fotografiando Frida: Retratos de Frida Kahlo is a rare opportunity to see one of Mexico’s greatest painters captured by many of the 20th century’s most important photographers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photographing Frida: Portraits of Frida Kahlo features 65 images of Kahlo as art and artist. The photographs document Kahlo’s life as seen by the greatest photographers of the time – Lola and Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Imogen Cunningham, Emmy Lou Packard, Graciela Iturbide, Nickolas Muray and Edward Weston, among others. From casual snapshots to intimate family photographs to artfully posed studio portraits, viewers will see the full spectrum of Kahlo’s life, from self-assured adolescent, to influential artist, fashion icon and passionate lover, as she takes on a mythic presence in our collective imagination.

In the hands of photojournalists, friends and artists, the camera allowed Kahlo to explore her own image and identity, document her marriage to the great muralist Diego Rivera, express her strong political views, and artfully reveal her life-long struggle to overcome her physical challenges. In the process, she ultimately defined the principal subject of her own art – herself.

The Arkansas Art Center offers multiple interactive opportunities for all ages surrounding this multi-faceted exhibit. From free, professional family portraits inspired by Frida’s portrait art, to Family Fun Days; from lectures and classes to kid-centric gallery games, there are numerous opportunities to not only learn about Frida Kahlo but to capture and inspire your own creative story. Check out the details of these various exciting opportunities sure to please a crowd from young to old.

Nickolas Muray, American (Szeged, Hungary, 1892 –1965, New York, New York), Frida Kahlo on White Bench, New York (2nd Edition), 1939, color carbon print, 19 x 14 ½ inches. Courtesy of Throckmorton Fine Art, New York, New York.
Nickolas Muray, American (Szeged, Hungary, 1892 –1965, New York, New York), Frida Painting “The Two Fridas,” circa 1939, gelatin silver print, 12 x 12 inches. Courtesy of Throckmorton Fine Art, New York, New York.
Bernard G. Silberstein, American (Duluth, Minnesota, 1905 –1999, Cincinnati, Ohio), Frida Wearing Tehuana Dress, Coyoacán, 1940, gelatin silver print, 14 x 11 inches. Courtesy of Throckmorton Fine Art, New York, New York.
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