Visiting 2 famous ladies at the museums

2 art museums in one month and both contain art by famous women!

Today I visited the Frida Kahlo Exhibit at the Walker Art Center. Its a wonderful exhibit and includes some of Frida’s most famous paintings. I was shocked to find that some are much smaller than I originally thought. Like the painting “El Corazon Sangrante” or The Bleeding Heart. It is much smaller than one realizes by looking at it in art books. Frida would have been 100 years old this year, so its great to see her on her 100th year! She was truly an amazing painter and had such an interesting life and has held up well over the years. Some artists tend to be dated, but not Frida. If you go pick up the catalogue ($49.95) which is better then most books I have seen about her and includes hundreds of archival photos and over 80 of her paintings. The photos are also seen at the exhibit which was a nice surprise. Also get the audio tour, for $6.00 it has some really good info on Frida and Diago and there are fun extras like artists talking about her, other photos not included in the exhibition and even home movies!

A few weeks ago I was able to visit the Georgia O’Keeffe exhibit “Circling Around Abstraction” at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. A very nice exhibit with a nice exhibition book for sale, but it was really very small. I was hoping for more paintings. But I did have a good time visiting the MIA with my friend and fellow librarian Susan W.

2 comments

  1. I’m gald to hear that you made it to the Frida exhibit. I thought I would skip it since I saw probably the same thing in Reno about 5 or so years ago…but now I’m re-considering.

    And now afer reading this, I know that skipping O’keefe was ok too.

  2. Hi Melissa,

    I would recommend going because there will still be paintings that you have not seen. But if you have to choose between Frida and Georgia – skip O’Keeffe. With Frida it is the 100th year of her birth and the home photos make it really fun. If you go, don’t forget to get the audio headphones for $6.00, they have lots of fun extras.

    Also the guards said to go during the week when no one is there. I went on a Friday, right when the doors opened at 11am, and it was super busy.

    Happy Fridaing!
    Melissa