Monday, August 30, 2021

The Frida Exhibit in Chicago



Hi pals!  It's been a while since I've written.  How are you?  How was your summer?  Here we are, at the end of August already.  WOW.  It flew by and dragged by at the same time, didn't it?  Mostly, flying by for me, as this has been a summer of getting back into art shows.  Hubby and are don't know if we are coming or going lately, but it's been fun, and the turn out at the shows have mostly been wonderful!  I think everyone was excited to get back to it again!  

In between shows, the hubby and I took a quick little trip to Chicago that was purely for fun, not work.  We had postponed tickets for the Frida exhibit at The Cleve Carney Museum of Art.  Our tickets were originally for 2020, and well, we all know the rest of the story.  Postponed.  Until now.  

Most of you know Frida's story, so I won't elaborate here....and if you don't know her story, it's easy to learn...many books and movies on her life, and what influenced her art.  She has become an icon for many of us know....an example of strength in adversity, and a woman who was truly her own woman, not afraid to express who she really was.  For the day and age she lived in, that was not easy.  Hell, it's still not easy in this day and age.  I was surprised by how moving it was to be in the presence of some her original works.  To see the brush strokes and markings.  Magical.  







The reproductions of her clothing were a sight to behold.  And the corset. It inflicted additional pain and discomfort to her already wounded body. Necessary to help her heal, but haunting to look at. It made me cringe to think of wearing something like that day in and day out, waiting for the body to heal.









I'm feeling very grateful that we were able to take the opportunity to get away and see this.  Someday, I hope to travel to her Casa Azul and see her home/studio in person. Below are pictures of a model created in its likeness.  





I adored this GIANT paper mache puppet!  I imagine this might be part of some festivals and parades.
 






Some local artists created artwork in tribute to Frida.....stunning.  Wish I had taken more pics of this section.....


All in all, a wonderful visit to Chi-town!  CLINK.



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