CULTURE FOCUS: FRIDA KAHLO

IMG_0506-0 Artist Frida Kahlo led a complicated life, but her work and style has become in a word, iconic. Kahlo’s life began and ended in Mexico City, where she created some of best-known paintings, married (and divorced and remarried) artist Diego Rivera and rocked an incredible mustache.

Kahlo created more than 250 paintings during her lifetime, but she is best remembered for her striking self-portraits and still life pieces.

Her works can be found at museums throughout the country, but her life and image continue to inspire communities and new generations of artists throughout the world.

Culture Spoon has included a few current events, exhibits and food/beverage suggestions for anyone looking to channel their inner Frida.

“I was born a bitch. I was born a painter.”- Frida Kahlo

SAN ANTONIO

This weekend, UIW celebrates Kahlo’s bold brows and flower crowns at the fourth annual Free-da’s 5K, with some of the proceeds benefiting the school’s art department. You can register here to join the race on Saturday.

DSC_0292The $30 early registration fee provides participants with a t-shirt, chip timing, and beer. Seniors can purchase their tickets early for $25 and children under 12 cost $20. All participants pay $40 to register on the day of the race.

The event attracts runners of all ages; Medals are awarded to the top three male and female runners in both the 9 years and younger division and the 10 to 70+ division.

Cash prizes are also awarded for the best male and female costumes.

NEW YORK CITY

In their newest exhibit, “Frida Kahlo’s Garden,” the New York Botanical Garden celebrates Kahlo’s engagement with flowers and plants, which surrounded her home and often appeared in her paintings. The exhibit recreates areas of her home at Casa Azul, including some of the succulents and roses that she planted with Rivera in their gardens. The area also includes several original sketches by Kahlo.  The site recommends purchasing tickets ahead of your visit, as the popular exhibit often sells out.

FOOD + DRINK

Kahlo enjoyed hosting dinner parties at Casa Azul, serving savory seafood dishes, empanadas de carne and her favorite agua frescas. Stop by  Frida’s Cocina, a Mexican food truck based in Chula Vista, California for fresh ceviche or camaron enchilado. A quick google search for aguas frescas will lead you to a ton of recipes for refreshing drinks. It’s easy to upgrade your beverage with Frida’s favorite drink, tequila.

Enjoy your Frida adventures!

Culture Spoon

Freelance Writer and Photographer based in San Antonio, Texas

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