In my Sunday column yesterday, I took time to muse on the popular exhibition of Frida Kahlo photographs at the Fresno Art Museum. The show has attracted big crowds since it opened in January, bringing lots of new visitors to the museum. All this for a show that doesn’t include any artworks by Kahlo herself — an exhibition such as that would cost much more than the museum could afford — but photographs of her. It’s a testament to her distinctive fame, more as a pop-culture icon than artist, that so many people are drawn to the show. Among my observations:
Think of all the people who have gone to the museum for the first time to view this show. That’s a very good thing. To me, yes, the show seems a little overblown and repetitive. But if it opens new eyes to how museums can be part of our lives, who can argue with that?
One of my favorite images in the show is one of Kahlo with her pet eagle, pictured above. Read my column to find out why.
“Frida Kahlo: Through the Lens of Nickolas Muray” continues through May 1. For a quick peek at the exhibition, here’s a video I shot:
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