Viva La Frida

I was sitting in the teacher's lounge yesterday, sipping some coffee and trying to stay awake when one of the mom's at the co-op starting talking about this art exhibit she went to at the Walker Art Center while visiting Minneapolis on Christmas vacation.

"Oh, I thought about you, Denise. All these crazy contemporary artists! Then we walked into this exhibit with paintings by that lady with the unibrow! Frida somethingorother. Do you know who I'm talking about?"

I just stared at her like a moron, mouth open. "You saw an exhibit of Frida Kahlo? Oh.my.goodness. Frida. You have no idea how jealous I am right now!"

Then she started describing some of the paintings she saw that day. The famous painting of Frida and Diego where she is wearing a red shawl (which hangs in my livingroom). The self-portrait with the birds. The self-portrait of her on the bed after her miscarriage. The self-portait of her and the broken column through the middle of her body. The suicide of Dorothy Hale. Self-portrait with thorn necklace. Mouth open again. Like a big moron.. For some strange reason, I felt like crying. You know when people experience something that is so fantastic, but they just don't understand the depth of it, the absolute fantasticalness of it because they don't value it? That's how I felt. I don't know. I'm just premenstrual. That and I'm still butt hurt about missing Dali.


They are celebrating 100 years of Frida Kahlo's life in Mexico by creating the largest retrospective of her work in Mexico City, at the Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes. Finally, some recognition in her beloved homeland. I always felt she was overshadowed by Diego Rivera. They will be honoring her life and her work all year long.

I would love to go down there and see it. Me and my best homie Amparo, another Frida fanatic from way back in the day. It may seem rather cliche, two brown girls who lived in East L.A that loved Frida (and weren't lesbians!). But we were digging on Frida since the late 80's. It would be a dream trip for us. This is one of those times when I wish I wasn't so darn poor! I could fly down there and experience it. But alas, I am poor. Maybe I could scrape up some pennies and head up to San Francisco, where the exhibit at the Walker Art Center is heading next. It would sure beat Minneapolis, dontcha know!

Viva la Frida!


  1. I totally know that feeling of frustration with someone who doesn't know greatness when it's staring back at them. It's always been a pet peeve of mine--usually for me though it's when someone drops a couple of G's on a camera and they don't even know how awesome it is or what it's capable of. Although, right now I have an amazing HD camera at my disposal and I'm not familiar enough with it to know how to get the most out of it.

    Anyway, I think you should take the kids to your folks for a weekend and you and the homies roll out to SF for a peek at the exhibit! You deserve it if anyone does!!

  2. I saw some of her pieces at LACMA years ago during the last tour of some of her and Diego's pieces. The fustration level went up in me as I read your post. The sad thing is, I know people like that too. It's like "hellooo" at least read the darn placard next to the painting to educate one self...sorry for the little rant... I feel ya.

  3. Anonymous7:49 AM

    I am so hating that woman right now. You know I would of cried and got knots all up in my pansa y todo. Frida is my muse. OMG! Dee Let's go to Frisco! I have driven that drive and it sucks! But for Frida I will do it again, Lets scrape the pennies now. All we will need is gas. Will take an ice chest with food and drinks and $$ for museum entrance. We will be hippies for a weekend. Remember we always wanted to do something like this. Remember it's Frida kahlo! Let me know. I'm serious homie!!!


  4. Amp...I knew you'd be down!

  5. Anonymous1:58 PM

    Girl, I am so excited! When is it by the way? I hope not in July. I am Finally going to the Garlic Festival in Gilroy that month. Holla at a sista when you get a chance. Much love Deez nutz.....lol


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