Since we were on a Mexico theme with all of the reporting from our trip, I thought I’d continue that through to Photography Friday and close out this week with some photo highlights of the “Frida Kahlo: Her Photos” exhibit going on at Artisphere.
The exhibit features 240 photos – well, kind of…They’re not original photos but copies of photos, due to Diego Rivera’s specifications that the originals not be taken out of Mexico. And despite what the title might indicate, they are not “her” photos in the sense that she took them, but rather “her” in the sense that they hung in her house. Nonetheless, with the originals being credited to people like Man Ray, it’s not like these were taken by slouches behind the lens. Unlike most photography exhibits that are displayed because of the vision of an artist, these are being displayed because they happen to belong to an artist that had a very particular vision. Kind of like looking through their scrapbook or their nightstand drawer to see what was important to them.
I hadn’t yet heard of Artisphere – somehow, it completely escaped my radar. As it turns out, it’s just up the street from my office – HOW did I miss that? So checking out this little treasure trove of contemporary arts is on my to do list today – maybe with my afternoon coffee. If it’s on your list too, head up there pronto since the exhibit closes today and doesn’t have plans for further US dates – the space is open until 11pm.
If you’re wondering what to wear, Refinery 29 did a lovely Frida inspiration board…