I have wanderlust. I've been caring for my baby in Santa Cruz for over a year, and I want to travel internationally so bad it hurts. Thats not going to happen, so I am revisiting an adventure I had years ago, imagining myself in Frida Kahlo's Mexico City.
I was inspired to write this post by a New York Times Article here, about Frida's current popularity, 60 years after her death. What most caught my attention in the article is the show about Frida at the New York Botanical Garden. Oh how I wish I could go!
Exhibits like this make me miss New York so much! The New York Botanical Garden opened the show "Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life" on May 16th. The exhibit features Kahlo's art work, plus a reimagining of Frida's garden at her parent's home in Coyocan, Mexico City. Special events will feature dance, music, food and film inspired by Frida's artistic influences.
I visited all the Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera sites I could find when I visited Mexico City in 2002. I scanned some of my film photos from those adventures for this post. I was traveling through Central America and Mexico for a couple months with my good friends Sarah and Shirley. We happened to be in Mexico City when the Frida movie premiered, so we saw it on a discount Tuesday matinee show. Ushers came into the theater there to sell popcorn and soda to the patrons in their seats.
I love the Frida movie! If you want to take a mini-vacation to Mexico, you should watch it right now. It's streaming on Netflix.
|Pyramid of the Sun, Teotihuacan, outside Mexico City. |
Like me, Kahlo was inspired by Mexico's Pre-Colombian past.
|Kahlo's family home, now a museum. I wish I had photographed inside, I think it wasn't allowed. There's a colorful patio, and the house is full of Frida's belongings. This was my favorite Frida site.|
|You can buy anything you need on the street, Mexico City, near the Zocalo|
Links:The New York Botanical Garden exhibit: Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life
New York Times Article on Frida's current popularity
Museo Frida Kahlo
Museo Dolores Olmedo
Museo Estudio Diego Rivera
Frida - the movie