Frida Kahlo fans will be delighted by a fascinating new Phoenix-area exhibit that gives viewers a glimpse into the life and turmoils of the famous mexicana.
On Saturday, Phoenix's Heard Museum debuted two hundred vintage photographs from Kahlo's Mexico City home, La Casa Azul. Many of the photographs reference her painting and her health struggles. Kahlo infamously suffered from polio as a child and struggled with injuries from a street car accident she endured as a teenager.
"A lot of the photos reference her painting and you can really see where she's coming from," said Janet Cantley, curator of the Heard Museum, in an interview with Phoenix's Fox10. "[She had] such serious injuries, it took her a full year to recupterate. It was at that time she took up painting and her family build her an easel so she could paint while she was lying in her bed."
Arizona-area fans of Frida Kahlo hope that the exhibit brings together Latina talent. "We are all inspired by Frida Kahlo in different ways, for different reasons," Kathy Cano-Murillo, founder of the Phoenix Fridas, told Fox10. "Some of us, it's her art. Some of us, it's her being a rebel. Some of us, it's the business sense."
The exhibit Frida Kahlo: Her Photos will run at Phoenix's Heart Museum of American Indian Art & History through February 8, 2016. Get more information at the official website.