By Glenda Rice Collins, Arts Columnist
TULSA, Okla. USA — Frida Kahlo: Through the Lens of Nickolas Muray continues through September 11 at Gilcrease Museum.*
This exhibition has recently inspired me to delve more deeply into the study of a Mexican artistic icon, known for her “unibrow” over decades, but still resplendent in the distinctive, saturated-color images of photographic master Muray, as she became his favored artistic subject as an original work of art herself.
After viewing the 2002 award-winning film, Frida, starring Salma Hayek, who also garnered support for, and produced it with artistic flair in Mexico, I am left with additional awe for the survival skills and artistic talents of Kahlo (1907-1954), who triumphed over her lifelong pain and physical limitations with gusto, while owning and “branding” her distinctive appearance and unique style.
*For additional details, please see September 2016 Greater Tulsa Reporter, “Kahlo Exhibit Runs Through September 11 at Gilcrease,” at this link:
*NOW: Tres Vidas (Three Lives)
Saturday, September 10
2 p.m. or 7:30 p.m.
Don’t miss this dynamic live musical theatre work based on the lives of three legendary Latin American women: Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, Salvadoran peasant activist Rufina Amaya and Argentine poet Alfonsina Storni. Music will include traditional Mexican folk and Argentine tango songs along with instrumental works. $8/Gilcrease members; $10/not-yet members; registration is required. Presented with support from the Hispanic American Foundation. Choose from two performances: Register Now
Banner photo: Nickolas Muray. Frida with Olmeca Figurine, Coyoacán 1939, Carbon process print
Photo insert above, left: Nickolas Muray, Frida in Pink and Green Blouse, Coyoacán 1938, Carbon process print
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