“I have broken many social norms.” — Frida Kahlo
Frida Kahlo: POSE is a focused exhibition that presents select paintings, drawings, and prints; a rich array of vintage photographs (some never before seen); and rare archival footage and ephemera, providing new perspectives on Kahlo's complex identity as a path-breaking individual and artist. Organized in five overlapping sections – posing; composing; exposing; queering, and self-fashioning – this research-based show examines the relationship between photography and art within Kahlo's world; explores her mode of composing herself and her paintings; and shines a light on Kahlo’s queer identity and gender fluid self-presentations. Contemporary artworks from the Rose Art Museum’s permanent collection that explore queer identity will be placed in dialogue with Kahlo’s work, pointing to this transgressive artist's inspiring legacies and cultural impact.
Frida Kahlo: POSE is co-curated by Dr. Gannit Ankori, Henry and Lois Foster Director and Chief Curator at the Rose Art Museum, and Mexican Fashion Scholar and Curator Circe Henestrosa.