The Florida Museum of Photographic Art is presenting an exhibit of photographs of Frida Kahlo de Rivera and her contemporaries. But you need to see it soon, because it ends Nov. 10.
The Mexican-born artist is known for her vibrantly-colored self-portraits. She painted herself a lot because, as she said, “I am the subject I know best.” In the current exhibit, she still is the subject; but this time she is viewed through someone else’s lens.
Catching images of Kahlo and the people of her time are Lola Alvarez Bravo, Lucienne Bloch, Imogen Cunningham, Leo Matiz, Nickolas Murray, Emmy Lou Packard, and Guillermo Zamora to name a few.
The exhibit is arranged in two distinct themes: the north gallery on the second floor focuses on Kahlo in many different situations, posed and unposed. My favorite is Bloch’s “Frida Winking,” which captures the playful side of Kahlo. Bloch, who has several pieces in the exhibit, was a friend of Kahlo and Rivera so she was able to get some of the more intimate, and therefore more interesting, poses. Two other of Bloch’s more personal shots are “Frida with Cinzano Bottle,” and “Frida and Diego Caught Kissing.” There is also a vintage picture of Frida at age 18 taken by her father, Guillermo Kahlo.
The south gallery on the third floor is devoted to other people she knew, including her husband, artist Diego Rivera.
While at the museum, be sure to see the exhibit on the third floor, “Exposing the Self: Photography and Surrealism.” Both exhibits close Nov. 10.
The Florida museum of Photographic Arts is in The Cube at Rivergate, 400 N. Ashley Drive. Go to www.fmopa.org for information.
Artists interpret the box
The Santaella Studios in South Tampa will open its doors for a special exhibit from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday. Called “ART of BOX,” all the two- and three-dimensional artworks will mimic, relate to or address that familiar geometric shape in some fashion.
“ART of BOX is an artistic exploration of thinking ‘outside the box,’” wrote organizer Moira Shriver in an e-mail. “Submitted works were inspired by the box, inside, outside, on top of, out of, etc.”
About 11 artists answered the call for the show. Their art will be exhibited in the J.D. Van Pelt Gallery on the second floor.
“There are 40 artist studios in the building,” added Jason Shriver, also an artist with work in the show. “Quite a few of them plan to hang their work in the common areas of the building and in the hallways.”
As with past art events at the former cigar factory, this one promises to be fun, and filled with lots of cool and high-quality art.
Admission is a suggested donation of $3. The Santaella Studios is a 1906 N. Armenia Ave.
Create your own glass pumpkin
Master glass blower Susan Gott opens her studio to the public today in a celebration of Halloween. Under supervision and with help from Gott and her assistants, you can create your own glass pumpkin in colors of your choice. Naturally your attempt will be preceded by instructions and demonstrations. All materials are included in the $50 fee. Or just watch for free.
The “Pumpkin Bash” is from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Phoenix Glass Studio, 811 Knoxwood St. in Seminole Heights. Go to www.gottglass.com.
Correspondent Esther Hammer can be reached at [email protected]