Opening Night: the Frida Kahlo Photography Exhibit

On Sunday, I attended the opening night of the Frida Kahlo photography exhibit at the MOLAA in Long Beach. This was promised to be an amazing evening, considering the combination of topics. Not everyone knows that Frida was a photographer as well as a painter, having been raised by her father who was a professional photographer (as was her grandfather). It was a part of who she was as an artist, but remained greatly unnoticed and outshined by her predominant form of art, painting. 

Frida suffered from polio and other health issues, as well as a tremendously devastating bus accident which left her bedridden for long durations of time throughout her life. This lent itself to her development as a painter, as did her relationship to Diego Rivera

The photos at the exhibit were both hers and Diego's, documenting their life at home and away, including friends and family.

Outside the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, illuminated by the moon. This was my first time to this museum, won't be my last. 

Outside the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, illuminated by the moon. This was my first time to this museum, won't be my last. 

The main open space of the museum was transformed into a dance hall, complete with a full bar and pieces of art that people were invited to add to. These casts are made as reminders of Frida's physical struggle throughout her life, being bound to a similar cast to repair her damaged spine. It was said that she would paint on them and saw her pain as a canvas to create.

The main open space of the museum was transformed into a dance hall, complete with a full bar and pieces of art that people were invited to add to. These casts are made as reminders of Frida's physical struggle throughout her life, being bound to a similar cast to repair her damaged spine. It was said that she would paint on them and saw her pain as a canvas to create.

Several babes walked around in their finest Frida garbs. And yes, they are. 

Several babes walked around in their finest Frida garbs. And yes, they are. 

Outside, there was food, live music, and an open air Mexican art market. 

Outside, there was food, live music, and an open air Mexican art market. 

The entrance to the exhibit took a while to get into, limited to 250 people at a time.

The entrance to the exhibit took a while to get into, limited to 250 people at a time.

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Frida + Diego.

Frida + Diego.

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 If you're in the area or will be passing through, I highly recommend checking this out; running through June 8th. It's such a moving and intimate display of a woman who many have been influenced by, and this is a rare chance to see an alternatie way that she expressed herself artistically. 

Get on it!