Entering the Heard Museum, you are greeted by the beautiful displays of Native American pottery, basket weavings, and clothing. The journey through history begins. But as you turn the corner, one can only be in awe of the grandeur that leads you to the newly opened Grand Gallery. A vast open space welcomes you with two colossal banners on each side of the soaring wall. The banners are images of Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera, cropped in close to their face and eyes hinting at the fact that you are peeking into a rare and intimate snapshot of these two captivating figures.
The ps:studios crew had the opportunity to visit the “Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera” exhibit. The whole team was entranced. The work of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera’s friends and family are intertwined with their own, giving the audience a unique view they had never seen before.
“I was very pleasantly surprised to see a collection of Frida’s father’s vintage gelatin silver prints. Being somewhat familiar with Frida Kahlo’s work already, it was Guillermo Kahlo’s photography work that captured my interest the most during our recent visit.”
As you float around the gallery space, a timeline of each artist chronicles the milestones, hardships, and topical events that coalesce to make their life stories.
“I had seen her artwork before, but it was the backstory, in written text and the series of photographs that drew me in. The political connections and her use of the media to gain exposure was most interesting.”
Various works of art decorated the gallery – photography, paintings, collages, and even clothes. This exhibit really is a thorough view of art history’s most infamous couple.
“I was familiar with Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera’s paintings before, but didn’t realize they had such a vast range of talents and curiosity. They were unique people who lived and breathed their passion of art in every way and everyday of their life, and I feel fortunate to have seen a glimpse into that.”