Join us at the Museum for an evening of art, culture, and positivity with our Season Preview Announcement and the opening of the exhibitions Frida Kahlo: Through the Lens of Nickolas Muray, Nan Coffey: Positively Animated!, and Let’s Face It: Portraits from the Permanent Collection.
Experience a collection of rare and intimate photographs that capture the life and art of Frida Kahlo, one of the most iconic artists of the 20th century, alongside the inclusive pop culture paintings of Nan Coffey, portraits from the Museum’s collection, and student work from the Juvenile Court and Community Schools in collaboration with Outside the Lens.
Light bites and refreshments will be available.
In May 1931, photographer Nickolas Muray traveled to Mexico on vacation where he met Frida Kahlo, a woman he would never forget. The two started a romance that continued on and off for the next ten years and a friendship that lasted until her death in 1954. Approximately fifty photographic portraits taken by Muray of Kahlo comprise this exhibition.
The photographs, dating from 1937 to 1946 explore Muray’s unique perspective as Kahlo’s friend, lover, and confidant. Muray’s photographs bring to light Kahlo’s deep interest in her Mexican heritage, her life and the people significant to her with whom shared a close friendship with.
Nan Coffey is a San Diego based artist with a background in animation. She has developed a stylized design aesthetic and freeform methods to promote connectivity, inclusivity, and love while drawing inspiration from her childhood obsessions with cinema, music, television, and pop culture.
Let’s Face It explores the universality of the portrait and its function to express emotions, identity, and cultural values, as shown through a variety of media present in the Museum’s permanent collection.
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