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[Virtual] Local Voices Live: Twin Walls Mural Company and The Great Tortilla Conspiracy, hosted by Rio Yañez

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Image: Frida & Rene at the Ralph Madriaga Mural dedication ceremony, San Francisco, 2015. Courtesy of Rio Yañez

Frida & Rene at the Ralph Madriaga Mural dedication ceremony, San Francisco, 2015. Courtesy of Rio Yañez

Meet the artists featured on the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s newly launched podcast Local Voices. Join us for an engaging virtual conversation that explores the ways the iconic Frida Kahlo and the legacy of artist René Yañez have made an imprint on the local creative community and beyond. 

On October 7, hear Rio Yañez, host of Local Voices: Celebrating Frida Kahlo, in conversation with Twin Walls Mural Company and The Great Tortilla Conspiracy. Enjoy a live tortilla printmaking demo and learn more about these two Bay Area art collectives, their over-20-year friendship, and the influence of Kahlo's iconography on their work. This free virtual event will be broadcast through the de Young's Youtube channel.

Every Wednesday at 5 pm, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco will bring you unique viewpoints exploring diversity, resilience, and creative spirit in the arts as we aim to reframe our exhibitions and collections.

About Local Voices: Celebrating Frida Kahlo, hosted by Rio Yañez

This eight-episode podcast features local artists influenced and inspired by the art and life of the artist Frida Kahlo. In this season, we pay tribute to the legacy of artist and curator René Yañez, who in the 1970s brought the first Frida Kahlo exhibition on the West Coast to San Francisco. His son, the artist Rio Yañez, will introduce us to Bay Area artists from diverse disciplinary backgrounds who will share their distinctive perspectives. We will explore the long-lasting impact of Frida Kahlo and celebrate the exhibition Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can be Deceiving

Listen to Local Voices on Soundcloud, Spotify, Breaker, Google Podcasts, Pocket Casts, Radio Public launching on Monday, September 28,

About the Exhibition

Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving examines how politics, gender, trauma, and national identity influenced Kahlo’s diverse modes of creativity. The exhibition features highly personal items, which came to light in 2004 at her lifelong home, La Casa Azul (now Museo Frida Kahlo) in Mexico City—including approximately 30 photographs, 20 vibrant Tehuana costumes from her wardrobe, and personalized braces and prosthetics—alongside paintings and drawings by the iconic artist and photographs reflecting her unique self-fashioning.

Ticket Information

Free online event, broadcast through the de Young's Youtube channel No registration required.

Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving is now on view at the de Young museum. All tickets will be timed and are selling out fast. We recommend booking your tickets in advance online. Members and their guests are invited to enjoy our newest member perk Member Wednesdays every week during regular museum hours throughout the run of Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving.

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This exhibition originated in the extensive investigation of Frida Kahlo’s personal belongings found in trunks, wardrobes, drawers, bathrooms, and cellars of La Casa Azul that had remained closed for over fifty years before being exhibited for the first time at the Museo Frida Kahlo (2012–2014) and later presented at the V&A London.  Presenting Sponsors: John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn and Diane B. Wilsey. Major Support provided by The HarrisFamily; The Bernard Osher Foundation and The Michael Taylor Trust. Significant Support provided by the Ray and Dagmar Dolby Family Fund. Generous Support provided by Janet Barnes and Thomas W. Weisel Family; George and Marie Hecksher. Additional Support is provided by Susie and Fred Harburg in memory of Zvi Ankori; Alec and Gail Merriam; and Paul A. Violich. The Museo Frida Kahlo thanks the Banco de México Trust; its Technical Committee and its president Carlos García Ponce; general director Carlos Phillips Olmedo; ADABI and its president Isabel Grañen Porrúa; Mr. Alfredo Harp Helú; and Hilda Trujillo, Perla Labarthe, Laura Zavala, Xochiquétzal González, Claudia Romo, Luanda López, Circe Henestrosa, and the researchers who participated. With special thanks to the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes y Literatura and the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia.

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