The Frida Kahlo Show
Last night's opening was packed to the gills with people, and the attendance even surprised me a little.
In the middle of the announcements for the award winners, someone from the crowd suddenly piped in and shouted the most off putting and random question that can be asked in a juried show paying homage to the influences of a Mexican artist on contemporary artists.
"What about the looting of art by the Nazis in Europe," shouted a young woman sitting on the chairs reserved for the artists (she wasn't one of the artists and her question was essentially what I wrote above but expressed in a more rambling way). "I just found out about this and I didn't know that the Nazis had killed so many people."
I looked at her and she smiled.
The crowd hushed for a second, a little thrown off by this odd question, considering the context of what I was talking about and the place and theme of the exhibit.
I rolled onto a discussion about how any and all empires and empires-wanna-be's had always stolen the art and intellectual ideas of the conquered, I also gave her a little lesson in art history and brought the conversation back to Kahlo.
She had a Joker-type smile frozen on her face the whole time, but she stayed quiet after that.
In any event, the prize winners:
Tanya Gramatikova, Tribute to Frida Kahlo II
Diane Kahlo, Las Desaparecidas
Kathryn H. Cook
Katya Romero, Petalos Negros
Priscilla Pompa Alvarez
This is a very cool show... go see it.
The Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery is located in the heart of Washington DC's U Street corridor at 1632 U St NW. Call them at 202-483-8600 for info.