[Virtual] Public Premiere: Exhibition Tour of "Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving"
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Nickolas Muray, Frida with Olmeca Figurine, Coyoacán, 1939. Color carbon print, 10 3/4 x 15 3/4 in. (27.3 x 40 cm). Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Gift of George and Marie Hecksher in honor of the tenth anniversary of the new de Young museum. 2018.68.1. Image courtesy the de Young Museum; © Nickolas Muray Photo Archives
View a special screening of our new virtual tour of the special exhibition, Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving. Immerse yourself in Kahlo's vibrant artistry and take a closer look at some of her personal items, photographs, and paintings that reveal the many ways Kahlo constructed her identity.
This event is part of Virtual Wednesdays, a weekly YouTube broadcast bringing you unique viewpoints exploring diversity, resilience, and creative spirit in the arts as we aim to reframe our exhibitions and collections. View upcoming Virtual Wednesday programs.
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.
About The Filmmaker
This film was directed by Benjamin Michel, an award-winning filmmaker specializing in cinematography and directing. He has become known for creating beautifully poetic imagery coupled with imaginative storytelling. He has garnered praise at acclaimed film festivals and produced content for companies such as PBS, KQED, Condé Nast, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Michel’s unique style can be attributed to his cultural experience as a Haitian American and love for world cinema. Growing up, he was exposed to a wide variety of cultures and ideas that indelibly shaped his artistry. He has a passion to create and tell stories previously untold.
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. 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.