Wednesday Oct 4, 2017
Albuquerque, NM 87106
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Curator, photo historian, photographer and educator Pablo Ortiz Monasterio provides insight on his curatorial vision for the current exhibition.
University of New Mexico Art Museum is hosting curator, photo historian, photographer and educator, Pablo Ortiz Monasterio for a special talk on his curatorial vision for the exhibition Frida Kahlo: Her Photos.
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. The 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.
Pablo Ortiz Monasterio is considered one of the most influential and active figures in contemporary photography in Mexico. In 1994, he founded the Centro de la Imagen in Mexico City, an important venue for the education, discussion and promotion of photography in Mexico. This includes extensive educational programs in photography in Mexico City and throughout the country as well as exhibition projects, including the Bienal de Fotografia and Fotoseptiembre.