Cuckoo for Kahlo

Wine re­cep­tion, packed lec­tures pre­cede ex­hibit open­ing

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - HIGH PROFILE - — Story and pho­tos by Cary Jenk­ins

The night be­fore “Pho­tograph­ing Frida: Por­traits of Frida Kahlo” opened to the pub­lic at the Arkansas Arts Cen­ter, guests gathered Jan. 31 for a wine re­cep­tion in the lobby and a sold-out lec­ture.

The new ex­hibit fea­tures 65 images ex­plor­ing Kahlo’s life. Fash­ion his­to­rian Raissa Bre­tana’s lec­ture “Her Own Muse: Fash­ion­ing Frida” was based on the artist’s quo­ta­tion: “I am my own muse. I am the sub­ject I know best, the sub­ject I want to know bet­ter.” Bre­tana spoke about the artist’s iconic image and how the artist “was the mas­ter in the art of image mak­ing” and how “she [Kahlo] her­self was her own work of art.”

Bre­tana also spoke about the evo­lu­tion of Kahlo’s cloth­ing style, the sym­bol­ism in the tra­di­tional Mex­i­can cloth­ing she of­ten chose to wear and Kahlo’s fash­ion legacy.

Af­ter the lec­ture, there was a re­cep­tion and pre­view of the ex­hi­bi­tion for Arts Cen­ter mem­bers.

The ex­hibit will be on dis­play through April 14 and the mu­seum plans a va­ri­ety of pro­grams and lec­tures to co­in­cide with the ex­hi­bi­tion.

Dud­ley Mead­ows, Lucy Sausen, Sum­mer Khairi, and Miguel Lopez

Rana Edgar and guest lec­turer Raissa Bre­tana

Alma Ati­lano with daugh­ters Camila and An­tonella

Roger Kordsmeier, Steve Miller-Watt and An­drew Darr

Meredith Catlett, Char­lene Ju­lian and Gra­ham Catlett

Cindy and Clarke Huis­man

Gi­nanne Long, Phyl­lis Bar­rier and Patty Wad­dell

Mia Long and Vone Nan­tha­rangsy

Car­o­line Baber and Pam Hath­away

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