I have loved Frida Kahlo since I was first introduced to her in college. Mr. G and I attended her exhibit at the SFMOMA on our honeymoon in 2008, and Pumpkin has inherited my love of Frida and dressed as her for Halloween last year.
Of course, I went to the Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera exhibit at the Heard Museum the first chance I got. I have hesitated to write this post because I thought the Crafty Chica summed it up better than I could. But, I also want to let everyone know about the exhibit before time runs out! And today is Frida’s birthday – what better time?
I first went to the exhibit during a member preview the day before it opened to the public. It was great to have a chance to take it in when it wasn’t crowded, but I also was limited on time as it was during my lunch hour. There are paintings of both Frida and Diego’s, photographs, and a Frida-inspired wardrobe display.
This look in particular made me smile because it reminded me of a collection of some of my own items at home.
I took Pumpkin to see the exhibit during First Friday in June. There were pros and cons to this. On the one hand, it was really crowded, so we didn’t spend as much time in the exhibit as we would have liked. On the other hand, there were lots of hands-on activities. We had a great time, but plan to go back again before the exhibit moves on Aug. 20. (Update: the exhibit has been extended through Sept. 4.)
There is a selfie station outside the museum entrance, and others inside the museum but outside the exhibit.
Pumpkin was excited to see Kahlo’s self-portrait with monkeys, which she recognized from her book about Frida.
After walking through the exhibit, Pumpkin and I did some collage and mask art with Cut Paste Phoenix.
She also got to contribute to a mural in honor of Frida and Diego.
I highly recommend seeing this exhibit if you can. The Heard Museum is the only stop Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera is making in North America. (Note that there is a special admission fee of $7 for this exhibit only.) The July 7 First Friday will be dedicated to celebrating Frida. If it were me – I’d say go for the festivities on Friday if you can, but go back to see the exhibit another day 🙂