Last weekend, I visited the Mexican Genuises: A Frida and Diego Immersive Experience. It was wonderful -- truly an artist date.
I've always appreciated that Kahlo and Rivera were artists. But neither of their styles has been my aesthetic. To be honest, I just thought Kahlo's art was edgy and weird. I enjoyed how the immersive experience took me into the world of these two in a different way.
The exhibit was held in a warehouse turned movie studio. Each exhibit space included reproductions of art as well as objects from the time period and culture. I loved the leather chairs in the first space to sit and watch a huge mural by Rivera animated from a black and white sketch to full painting.
Another room was set up like a kitchen with dishes and cooking utensils--all of this with painted reproductions, menus, and sound recordings of kitchen preparations.
The grand finale of this visit was a massive hall that played a 360-degree presentation of sight and sound. I was grateful for a swivel stool I could turn around and around as the scenery changed on the ceiling, floor, and every inch of the walls.
As guests exited, we were invited to color in a community Rivera-styled wall mural and play with hands-on objects and dioramas of the Mexican geniuses. Fun!
|In the mural coloring and fun objects room|
There won't be a Kahlo or Rivera painting on my dining room wall anytime soon. But, I appreciate how these two lived their art and both produced large collections of work to enjoy. I'm so glad for the experience with their work.
Borne by pain
you lived corseted
unable to contain all
you would express.
Painting was the way--
Artists and communists
even democratic thinkers
of your day wanted to know
and keep up with you.
Stars over Coyoacán
drank your colors
red and ochre birth blood
post-surgical black and green.
Again and again.
In the future,
we think we can know you
I have receipts for trinkets
and copiesof your work.
Still, stars rememberthe flavor of your colors
as I wander a dark worldlooking at
and wondering about your art.
This painting by Alan Syliboy sparkled on my twitter feed this week...just look at all those stars! See the poem inspired by them on Star's padlet. https://padlet.com/mitchellhubeimom/4bzbfu2cg5k7awk5
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