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Be The First To See The New Frida Kahlo Exhibition At The De Young Opening

By Ashlyn Davis

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The ‘Frida Kahlo: Appearances can be Deceiving’ opens at the de Young Museum on March 21, and there’s going to be live performances and talks to celebrate it.

Be the first to see the new Frida Kahlo exhibition at de Young’s opening celebration. The event will feature live performances, talks from fashion and art curators as well as access to an incredible collection of Frida’s personal belongings that have been locked away for the last 50 years. The clothing, jewelry, and prosthetics reveal a never-before-seen intimacy of the iconic Mexican artist.

After Frida’s death in 1954, her husband, Diego Rivera, ordered the treasure trove of belongings to be locked away in La Casa Azul. Half a century later they are coming to the West Coast for the first time. Fittingly, San Francisco happened to be where the lovers remarried after a tumultuous relationship.

 

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Frida’s work has always been a bold and colorful reflection of her identity, with themes of gender, disability, politics and Mexican culture fiercely running through it. While her paintings are evocative, this de Young exhibition will reveal a lesser-known side of the artist through her active construction of a visual voice.

The opening program

12 to 4pm: Live performances 

 

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There will be live performances by Mariachi Juvenil La Mision, Cuicacalli SF and by Cuicacalli Escuela de Danza, providing a broader cultural context of the artist’s background.

1 to 2 pm: Talk with fashion curator, Circe Henestrosa

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Circe Henestrosa, an independent fashion curator, explores how Frida’s ineradicable self-portrait, both on canvas and through the canny fashioning of her appearances became an instantly recognizable logo.

3 to 4 pm: Curator talk by Gannit Ankori, advising curator

 

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Israeli historian, Gannit Ankori, wrote the “Frida Kahlo (Critical Lives)” published by Reaktion Books. The art history professor at Brandeis University in Massachusetts will provide insight into Frida Kahlo’s life and the myths, contradictions, and ambiguities that riddle her story.

Featured image © Nickolas Muray Photo Archives via de Young Museum

March 21 through July 26, $28 per person, deyoung.famsf.org.

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