The Eastham Family Exhibition Series
Frida Kahlo: Through the Lens of Nickolas Muray
October 7, 2016 – January 8, 2017
In May 1931 photographer Nickolas Muray (1892-1965) traveled to Mexico on vacation where he met Frida Kahlo (1907-1954), a woman he would never forget. The two started a romance that continued on and off for the next ten years and a friendship that lasted until the end of their lives.
Approximately fifty photographic portraits taken of Frida Kahlo comprise the exhibition Frida Kahlo: Through the Lens of Nickolas Muray. The photographs, dating from 1937 to 1946, explore Muray’s unique perspective; in the 1930s and 1940s he was Frida Kahlo’s friend, lover and confidant. Muray’s photographs bring to light Kahlo’s deep interest in her Mexican heritage, her life and the people significant to her with whom she shared a close friendship. Correspondence between the two is also included in framed reproduction.
The Hungarian born Muray was an acclaimed artist in his own right, having pioneered color portrait photography. During his long career, Nickolas Muray photographed many important people from the political, artistic and social arenas. His work was regularly featured in Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair, McCall’s and the Ladies Home Journal. The body of his work is extensive, comprising over 10,000 portraits. Muray photographed Kahlo more than any of his other subjects and his portraits of her are among the most iconic images of the artist that are not self-portraits. These portraits of Kahlo have made their way into a variety of media, popular culture, and are integral to the world’s understanding of who Frida Kahlo was as an individual behind her artwork.
This exhibition has been organized by the Nickolas Muray Photo Archives and is circulated through Guest Curator Traveling Exhibitions
Support for this exhibition is provided in part by:
Arts Advocacy Sponsor: Barbara Mitchell
The Art of Haiti
October 7 – January 8, 2017
Presented by Art to Educate / Haiti with support from Galerie Monnin benefitting the Haitian Education and Leadership Program – Celebrating 20 Years
Haitian art is rooted in the deep, complex history of the country – riotous political upheaval, violent oppression of slaves, and destructive natural disasters. Despite the tumultuous history, Haiti has developed creative, courageous, and distinct styles of art that address the complexities of and pay respect to its unique Afro-Indian-French culture. This exhibit, The Art of Haiti, features paintings, metal sculptures and textile works by several Haitian artists and artisans, a mixture of works that, with originality, communicate the importance of Haitian life, history and culture.
This exhibit’s selections have been made in collaboration with Galerie Monnin, based in Port-au-Prince, and several other Haitian artisans. The gallery has been in operation for over 50 years, and has been instrumental in the artistic and cultural development of the country. By displaying artwork from this gallery and from artists around the country, this exhibit has created a platform for exposing Haitian art and culture to a greater audience.
The exhibition features paintings, metal sculpture and textile works by Haitian artists with small handmade Haitian handicrafts available in the museum gift shop.
Art to Educate is a social enterprise created to support education in Haiti through the sale of Haitian art and handicrafts. The Haitian Education and Leadership Program’s mission is to create, through merit and needs based university-level scholarships, a community of young professionals and leaders who will promote a more just society in Haiti.