Frida Kahlo: Her Photos Opening Reception

Friday Aug 25, 2017

203 Cornell Dr NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106


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A rare and extensive selection of Kahlo’s personal photographs.

UNM Art Museum and the University of New Mexico College of Fine Arts are throwing a party to celebrate the opening of the exhibition: "Frida Kahlo- Her Photos" ( and the beginning of the new academic year. The evening will feature music by DJ Halcyon and food by My Sweet Basil. Come dance, see great photography, and eat delicious food.


On view in the Main, Van Deren Coke and Clinton Adams Galleries


August 25 – December 2, 2017

Curated by Pablo Ortiz Monasterio, Mexican photographer and photo historian

The University of New Mexico Art Museum presents the international traveling exhibition Frida Kahlo – Her Photos, featuring a rare and extensive selection of Kahlo’s personal photographs. This exhibition was curated from a collection of 6500 images that lay hidden in the Blue House Archive for 50 years, and offers a uniquely intimate glimpse into the life and work of a beloved cultural icon. Frida Kahlo – Her Photos contains over two hundred previously unseen images, including work by Kahlo, as well as photographs by such creative luminaries as Man Ray, Martin Munkácsi, Tina Modotti, Edward Weston, Nickolas Muray, and Manuel and Lola Álvarez Bravo, among many others. The exhibition promises to reveal new insights into Kahlo’s rich and deeply personal world, and tells a fascinating story of an artist, a place, and an era.

This collection of photographs was first revealed to the public in 2007; Mexican photographer and photo historian Pablo Ortiz Monasterio curated the images selected for the exhibition, which encompass six central themes: Origins, ‘Blue House,’ Politic, Revolutions and Diego, Broken Body, Frida’s Loves, and Photography. Each section testifies to the important role photography played in Frida Kahlo’s life.  Kahlo carefully and meticulously accumulated a vast collection of photographs, and while the collection contains images that undoubtedly belonged to her family and to Diego Rivera, it was Frida’s own diligent efforts that ensured these photographs were preserved for posterity.

* This exhibition is organized by Frida Kahlo Museum – Casa Azul/Diego Rivera Museum; Banco de Mexico Fiduciario en el Fideicomiso Museos Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo.

A la vista en la galería principal, Van Deren Coke y Clinton Adams


25 de agosto – 2 de deciembre, 2017

Curado por Pablo Ortiz Monasterio, fotógrafo Mexicano y historiador de la photo

El Museo de Arte de la Universidad del Nuevo Mexico presenta la exposición itinerante internacional Frida Kahlo- Sus Photos, ofreciendo una selección rara y extensiva de las fotografías personales de Kahlo. Esta exposición fue curado a partir de una colección de 6500 imágenes que permanecieron ocultas en el Archivo del Casa Azul durante 50 años, y ofrece una visión única íntima de la vida y la obra de un amado icono cultural. Frida Kahlo- Sus Photos contiene más de doscientas imágenes inéditas, incluyendo obras de Kahlo, así como fotografías de luminarias tan creativas como Man Ray, Martin Munkacsi, Tina Modotti, Edward Weston, Nickolas Muray, Manuel y Lola Álvarez Bravo, entre muchos otros. Esta exposición promete revelar nuevos conocimientos sobre el mundo rico y profundamente personal de Kahlo, y cuenta una fascinante historia de un artista, un lugar y una época.

Esta colección de fotografías fue revelada por primera vez al público en 2007; el fotógrafo Mexicano y historiador de la photo Pablo Ortiz Monasterio curó las imágenes seleccionadas para la exposición, que abarca seis temas centrales: Las Orígenes, La Casa Azul, La Política, las Revoluciones y Diego, El Cuerpo Roto, Los Amores y La Fotografía. Cada sección testimonia la importancia que la fotografía jugó en la vida de Frida Kahlo. Kahlo acumuló cuidadosamente y meticulosamente una vasta colección de fotografías, y aunque la colección contiene imágenes que sin duda pertenecen a su familia y a Diego Rivera, fueron los propios esfuerzos de Frida que aseguraron que estas fotografías fueran preservadas para la posteridad.

*Esta exposición está organizada por Frida Kahlo Museum – Casa Azul/Diego Rivera Museo; Banco de México Fiduciario en el Fideicomiso Museos Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo.

See also: Culture Shock

Frida Kahlo Through the Lens

Her “battlefield of suffering” illumined in 241 photos from her private collection

Frida Kahlo and Juan Farill, 1951
by Gisel̀e Freund courtesy of Frida Kahlo Museum

Tucked beyond the galleries, corridors and the vast stage of Popejoy Hall are the offices of the staff of the UNM Museum of Art. There, in Director Arif Khan's office, we sat with Curator of Education and Public Programs Traci Quinn, who opened the book Frida Kahlo: Her Photos to page 21. The catalog accompanies the exhibition of the same name opening soon at the museum. Khan and Quinn had the page number memorized after many months of preparation and critical talk about the significance of Frida Kahlo the persona, Frida Kahlo the artist and what these photographs say about each. On page 21, Curator of the exhibition Pablo Ortiz Monasterio writes about Kahlo's relationship with the camera: “She … learnt to look into the lens to put across what she wanted and managed to reinvent her own image through photography. I like to think that the stack of photographic portraits in which Frida's life is recorded constitutes another one of her masterpieces. The painter once wrote about her strategy in front of the camera. 'I knew that the battlefield of suffering was reflected in my eyes. Ever since then, I started looking straight into the lens, without winking, without smiling, determined to prove I would be a good warrior until the end.'”

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