Frida Kahlo Opens At Foosaner Art Museum Jan. 10
By Adam Lowenstein, Florida Tech // December 12, 2014
photographs celebrate mexican heritage
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Frida Kahlo: Through the Lens of Nickolas Muray, will run Jan. 10 through March 22, 2015, at Florida Institute of Technology’s Foosaner Art Museum.
This unique and powerful exhibition of more than three dozen photographic portraits of Kahlo provides an intimate look at Mexico’s most prolific and well-known female artist.
In May 1931, Muray (1892-1965) traveled to Mexico on vacation, where he met Kahlo (1907-1954). The two started a romance that continued on and off for the next 10 years and a friendship that lasted until Kahlo’s death.
The exhibition photographs, dating from 1937 to 1946, explore Muray’s unique perspective as Kahlo’s friend, lover and confidant. Muray’s photographs bring to light Kahlo’s deep interest in her Mexican heritage, her life and the people with whom she shared close friendships.
Born in Hungary, Muray became a successful New York fashion and commercial photographer known for his portraits of celebrities, politicians, socialites and artists. Having experimented with color in his work from early on, he found his most colorful model in Kahlo. Muray was a prolific photographer and he photographed Kahlo more than any of his other subjects.
Kahlo was born on July 6, 1907, in Coyocoán, Mexico City, Mexico. Now considered one of Mexico’s greatest artists, she began painting after she was severely injured in a bus accident. Kahlo later became politically active and married fellow communist artist Diego Rivera in 1929. She exhibited her paintings in Paris and Mexico before her death in 1954.
This traveling exhibition has been organized by the Nickolas Muray Photo Archives and is circulated through GuestCurator Traveling Exhibitions.