/ Modified mar 6, 2012 3:43 p.m.

Frida Kahlo Photo Exhibit at Tucson Museum of Art

Famed Mexican artist 'presents her persona,' curator says of intimate shots

030612_Frida_Kahlo_Photo_Exhibit_617x347 Artist Frida Kahlo.

A new exhibition at the Tucson Museum of Art showcases a collection of photographic portraits of the acclaimed artist Frida Kahlo.

Anne Seiferle-Valencia, curator of Latin American Art at the Tucson Museum of Art, says the exhibit of portraits by Nickolas Muray is a unique opportunity to gain insight into the dramatic backdrop of Frida Kahlo’s artistic inspiration.

“What I see in the photographs is that there is almost a collaborative effort taking place,” Seiferle-Valencia says. “Frida Kahlo is presenting her persona, Muray has posed her very elegantly and sort of cut out everything else so that it’s just her -- just her face, her costume. They were such close friends and lovers that his way of photographing her was just partly how he saw her as a person.”

Seiferle-Valencia says Muray and Kahlo had a love affair that spanned 10 years and took place while Kahlo was married to famed muralist Diego Rivera.

The evolution of a relationship is visible in the sizeble collection of photographs taken by Muray, as well as the triangulation that takes place among three working artists, the curator says.

By posting comments, you agree to our
AZPM encourages comments, but comments that contain profanity, unrelated information, threats, libel, defamatory statements, obscenities, pornography or that violate the law are not allowed. Comments that promote commercial products or services are not allowed. Comments in violation of this policy will be removed. Continued posting of comments that violate this policy will result in the commenter being banned from the site.

By submitting your comments, you hereby give AZPM the right to post your comments and potentially use them in any other form of media operated by this institution.
Arizona Public Media broadcast stations are licensed to the Arizona Board of Regents. Arizona Public Media and AZPM are registered trademarks of the Arizona Board of Regents.
The University of Arizona