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The night before "Photographing Frida: Portraits of Frida Kahlo" opened to the public at the Arkansas Arts Center, guests gathered Jan. 31 for a wine reception in the lobby and a sold-out lecture.

The new exhibit features 65 images exploring Kahlo's life. Fashion historian Raissa Bretana's lecture "Her Own Muse: Fashioning Frida" was based on the artist's quotation: "I am my own muse. I am the subject I know best, the subject I want to know better." Bretana spoke about the artist's iconic image and how the artist "was the master in the art of image making" and how "she [Kahlo] herself was her own work of art."

Gallery: “Photographing Frid: Portraits of Frida Kahlo” wine reception

Bretana also spoke about the evolution of Kahlo's clothing style, the symbolism in the traditional Mexican clothing she often chose to wear and Kahlo's fashion legacy.

After the lecture, there was a reception and preview of the exhibition for Arts Center members.

The exhibit will be on display through April 14 and the museum plans a variety of programs and lectures to coincide with the exhibition.

High Profile on 02/10/2019

Print Headline: Cuckoo for Kahlo

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