Kahlo: An Expanded Body Gives an Intimate View of of Frida Kahlo’s Life at The Parrish Art Museum

Kahlo: An Expanded Body Gives an Intimate View of of Frida Kahlo’s Life at The Parrish Art Museum

If you venture to the Hamptons this winter or spring, be sure to catch this fascinating exhibit at the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton.  Kahlo: An Expanded Body is organized by Parrish Art Museum Executive Director Mónica Ramírez-Montagut and Guest Curator Cristina Kahlo-Alcala, with support from Guest Assistant Curator Javier Roque Vázquez Juarez, Curatorial Assistant and Publications Coordinator Kaitlin Halloran, and Curatorial Fellow Brianna L. HernándezThis exhibit is on view at The Parrish Art Museum in Southampton from now until April 2, 2023 and it is a groundbreaking investigation into celebrated artist Frida Kahlo (Mexican, 1907–1954) through more than 100 documents, photos, letters, and clinical files—some never before seen—that shed light on her dramatic medical history and its sustained impact on her life and work. The multi-gallery exhibition, created through exclusive access to private family files by Kahlo's grandniece, the Mexican artist Cristina Kahlo, provides new insight into the importance of the body as enduring source material for Kahlo's representational and metaphorical depictions of her physical and emotional life.

On view are facsimiles of personal letters and postcards between Frida and family, friends, lovers, and doctors; photographs of the artist and her inner circle by Mexican and international photographers including Lola Álvarez Bravo, Florence Arquin, Gisele Freund, Guillermo Kahlo, Antonio Kahlo, and Nickolas Muray; and extensive graphic medical records and documents. The exhibition is augmented by original work by Cristina Kahlo, and María and Tolita Figueroa.


The presentation of Kahlo: An Expanded Body at the Parrish Art Museum is made possible, in part, thanks to the generous support of the Consulate General of Mexico in New York, Museo Frida Kahlo, ABC Medical Center, Museo Estudio Diego Rivera, Fiduciario Banco de México, Tony Bechara, The Deborah Buck Foundation, Yaffa Foundation, Yanina and Alan Spivack, Sam Natapoff and Alexandra Stanton, Michael & Nina Stanton Foundation, Timothy and Susan Davis, and James & Kelli Stanton Foundation, Inc.

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