Latin American Art Museum Long Beach

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Wouldn't you love to peek inside Frida Kahlo's personal photo album? To see the images that have special meaning for the artist, images that paint a picture that varies greatly from the tortured individual portrayed in her paintings?

You can.

"Frida Kahlo, Her Photos, " given its only West Coast showing at the Museum of Latin American Art, features over 200 images from her personal archive at Casa Azul, images that Diego Rivera sealed from public view for 50 years after her death in 1954. The exhibition shows a vulnerable, unguarded Frida, a smiling Frida, be it at work, at play, growing up or at the end of her life. The exhibition includes photographs by Lola and Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Man Ray, Tina Modotti and Edward Weston.

The installation is spectacular. The wall colors are as playful as her paintings and the walls are sculpted to create a flowing, see-through space that best presents the exhibition's six themes: "Her Parents: Guillermo and Matilde, " "La Casa Azul, " "The Broken Body, ' "Amores, " "Photography, " and "Diego's Gaze."

A lot of the early photographs were taken by her father. This makes sense: he was a professional photographer. It's easy to see where she got her penchant for self-portraits. The images show a pre-polio and tramcar accident Frida as a lovely child, an adolescent and a young woman. One sequence looks like a series of yearbook photos: Most Likely to Set 20th Century Art on its Head.

Some of the images show indigenous peoples, some show the Mexican landscape. Intriguingly, there's a trio of images that depict, individually, Lenin, Trotsky and Stalin. Wouldn't you die to know the significance of that? For that matter, wouldn't you like to know specifically why she held onto each of the images on display? Surely they all had a story.


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how long does it take to walk from the American museum of natural history to the metropolitan museum of art? | Yahoo Answers

Check the "Instaguide to New York City". It is a great pocket sized travel guide. Count the blocks and multiply by 3 minutes per block and you will have your answer. I have not taken that walk for over 35 years but I remember it being about 15-20 minutes

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What is the contact info for the museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach

Museum of Latin American Art 628 Alamitos Ave Long Beach, CA 90802. Phone: 562-437-1689


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