Local Voices: Season 1
Local Voices is a new podcast series from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco designed to celebrate art and Bay Area creativity. Local Voices highlights unique perspectives from Bay Area visual artists, musicians, scholars, community leaders, and thinkers aimed to reframe exhibitions and collections through relevant and local narratives. Through these diverse access points, we welcome the Bay Area community and beyond to engage in meaningful and inspiring narratives.
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 at the de Young museum.
Episode 1: Meet Artist Rio Yanez
Rio Yañez (Host of the series) tells the story of how his father, Rene Yañez, fought to open Frida Kahlo's first gallery show on the West Coast, here in San Francisco
Episode 2: Twin Walls Mural Company
Twin Walls Murals Company (Elaine Chu and Marina Perez-Wong) talk about their 20+ year friendship and the influence of Frida Kahlo and other strong local women artists in their own journey as women in the arts.
Episode 3: Fernando Escartiz
Fernando Escaritz, a local sculptor, has created large size installations inspired by his lived experiences and his love for the Mexican culture. He revisits his childhood in Coayacan and the influence that Frida Kahlo’s home, Casa Azul, had in shaping his craft.
Episode 4: Linda Gamino
Linda Gamino, Associate Director of Ensambles Ballet Folklórico de San Francisco, opens up about her story of a tragic accident that affected her life, and the impact of Frida Kahlo in helping her overcome her disability.
Episode 5: Astrosagas
Astrosagas, local video producer and astrologist, talks about her parent’s journey, love of San Francisco, and Frida Kahlo's influence on art and politics.
Episode 6: Marilet Martinez
Local actor and comedian Marilet Martinez shares stories of growing up as a Chicana in the Mission District. She also discusses how strong and fearless Latinx women like Frida Kahlo inspired her career.
Episode 7: Jean Franco
Jean Franco, a local Frida Kahlo look-alike actor, has traveled the world bringing a bit of the beloved artist to every place. We learn about how they were discovered and the journey the likeness to an icon has brought them.
Episode 8: The Great Tortilla Conspiracy
Rio Yañez presents The Great Tortilla Conspiracy, a tortilla printmaking collective, that began their work at the de Young Museum in 2007 and have been silkscreening Frida's image on tortillas ever since. He shares their unique art process and new developments.