Celebrating a Different Independence

National Grandparents Day wasn't the only important day in September this year, as the 16th marked the bicentennial of Mexico's independence. To celebrate, Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery has a new exhibition of Nickolas Muray's portraits of Frida Kahlo on display through January 1. Nickolas Muray was born in Hungary in 1892 and eventually became a successful celebrity photographer in New York. He took over 10,000 portraits between 1920 and 1940, and his work appeared in publications such as Harper's Bazaar, Vanity Fair, Vogue and The New York Times. Muray and Kahlo began what was to be a 10-year love affair in 1931. During their affair, he took several now-iconic portraits of Kahlo, such as Frida Kahlo with Red Rebozo and Frida and Diego with Gas Mask. (In case you're wondering, yes, he did indeed photograph his lover with her husband. Artists are totally allowed to do that kind of thing.) Frida Kahlo: The Nickolas Muray Portraits will also feature portraits of Kahlo by other artists, including Bernard Silberstein, Lucienne Bloch and Lola Alvarez Bravo. The gallery is located at 1202 Dragon St., Suite 103, and admission is free. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, call 214-969-1852 or go to pdnbgallery.com.
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Starts: Oct. 16. Continues through Jan. 1, 2010

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