See the personal photographs of Frida Kahlo in Arlington
January 31, 2012 by James
The exhibit Frida Kahlo: Her Photos will be showing in the Terrace Gallery at Artisphere from February 23-March 25. This free event is the largest the art center has presented. There will be an opening reception on February 23 from 7-10 pm.
This is the only place the exhibit will be showing in the United States; Arlington was chosen because it is the sister city to Kahlo’s hometown of Coyaocan, Mexico. It was created partly in association with the Frida Kahlo Museum and several other organizations. The exhibit features the facsimiles of 259 personal photographs taken by artist Frida Kahlo; they were sealed after she died and not viewed again until 2007, when they were catalogued. The photographs show a side of the artist that we have never seen before and many feature famous people like Georgia O’Keefe, Alfred Stieglitz and Leon Trotsky. Many of the photos are also annotated by the artist herself.
Artisphere, in addition to various art exhibitions, offers programs in the arts for people of all ages. The facility holds craft camps during school holidays, holds frequent author readings and performances, and provides dance lessons to the community among other things. Centers such as this are important to helping a community grow. Many schools are cutting back on art programming and often children have to rely on outside organizations to provide the training they need. After all, where would the printing companies of arlington turn to for artists to help design their products in the future if facilities such as this didn’t exist?