"En el Espiritu de Frida," Swanson Contemporary, 638 E. Market St., Nov. 21-Jan. 3: On July 13, 1954, artist Frida Kahlo died at age 47 after living a pain-filled life, in part because of injuries from a bus accident as a teenager, but also one of defiance.
Kahlo, a woman and artist, was outspoken in her support of marginalized people in her own culture of Mexico and beyond. Her work and life have inspired other artists, and Louisville artist Joe McGee counts himself among them, calling himself one of the "cult of Frida."
In honor of the 60th anniversary of her death, McGee has put together an exhibit of Kahlo-inspired work by four other artists and himself. They include the Kentucky-based Diane Kahlo, a distant cousin and an artist in her own right, who has painted nearly 100 portraits for "Wall of Memories: Las Desaparecidas de Ciudad Juarez" ("The Missing Women of Juarez"), which pays tribute to women killed or kidnapped in the border area with Texas.
Photographer Mari Mujica, who has produced works directly related to Kahlo's transgender impersonators in Mexico City, has new 3-D work for the show.
McGee said he invited Pilar Acevedo, a Mexico City native and accomplished artist now living near Chicago, to participate, as he found her work reminiscent of Khalo's.
Also included is Louisville artist Jacque Parsley.
All written materials for the show will be in English and Spanish.