Museum of Spanish Colonial Art
Santa Fe, NM
The exhibition “Mirror, Mirror… Photographs of Frida Kahlo” traces the artist’s life in more than 50 images by outstanding photographers including Lola and Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Imogen Cunningham, Carl Van Vechten, and Nickolas Muray. Visitors will follow Frida from a self-possessed adolescent to a passionate wife and lover, an independent artist, fashion icon and object of cult-like reverence.
Kahlo (1907-1954) learned the power of the medium as a teenager assisting her father, a well known photographer, in the dark room. She used the camera in the hands of photojournalists, friends and lovers, to record her passion for her husband, the great muralist Diego Rivera, to her agonizing physical decline. In the process she defined the image that would be the principle subject of her own art.
The photography exhibition originated at Throckmorton Fine Art, New York. For the Santa Fe venue the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art has added a selection of large scale photographs by William Frej conveying the ambiance of the Casa Azul, the Kahlo family home and now the Frida Kahlo Museum in Mexico City, and a group of works created in homage to Frida by innovative artists from Santa Fe’s Spanish Market.
“Frida Kahlo, known for her paintings, was no stranger to the camera. She was one of the most photographed women of her generation, emanating her sensuality, personal fashion and unique beauty….” The Washington Post.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website
Whether you go or not, the exhibition catalog, Mirror...Mirror Portraits of Frida Kahlo, chronicles Kahlo's life in chronological order, with beautiful photographs by many of the leading artists of the time.