Frida Kahlo, Self Portrait, 1930, oil on canvas, 26 x 22".


Frida Kahlo

Walker Art Center
725 Vineland Place
October 27, 2007–January 20, 2008

Philadelphia Museum of Art
26th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
February 20–May 18, 2008

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
151 Third Street
June 14–September 28, 2008

Curated by Elizabeth Carpenter and Hayden Herrera

Frida Kahlo has long been subject to hagiography, a propensity abetted by her revelatory self-portraiture, her film portrayal by Salma Hayek, and her frankness about her unredeemed circumstances. (She famously quipped that she had suffered two grave misfortunes: a brutal traffic accident and Diego Rivera.) Now, on the centenary of Kahlo’s birth, the Walker, in association with SF MoMA, is organizing a massive tribute that ups the ante, bringing together roughly fifty canvases from 1926 to 1952, two years before her death, and 150 family snapshots and unseen photographs of the Mexican painter by artists including Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Gisele Freund, and Tina Modotti. What remains to be seen is whether this ambitious presentation can transcend the cult of personality. Travels to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Feb. 20–May 18, 2008; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, June 14–Sept. 28, 2008.