Frida Kahlo Photos Come to Appleton Jan. 28

The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, will exhibit “Frida Kahlo: Through the Lens of Nickolas Muray,” January 28-April 2, 2017.

In May 1931, Muray (1892-1965) traveled to Mexico where he met Frida Kahlo (1907-1954), a woman he would never forget. The two started a romance that continued on and off for the next 10 years and a friendship that lasted until her death in 1954. Approximately 50 photographic portraits of Kahlo taken by Muray comprise the exhibition. The photographs, dating from 1937 to 1946, explore Muray’s unique perspective; in the 1930s and 1940s he was Frida Kahlo’s friend, lover and confidant. Muray’s photographs bring to light Kahlo’s deep interest in her Mexican heritage, her life and the people with whom she shared close friendship.

February 2017 is Frida Month at the Appleton, featuring the following special events. Additional event to be held in March.

  • During the monthly First Saturday family event on February 4, 1-3 p.m., make artificial flower crowns in the ARTSpace inspired by Frida Kahlo’s iconic look. Free for Appleton members and children; included in the cost of admission for adult nonmembers.
  • Sunday, February 5, 2 p.m., Carol McCusker, Curator of Photography at the Harn Museum of Art will give a talk, “Frida Kahlo: Revealing a Revolutionary.” There is no fee to attend.
  • February 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m., celebrate the artist at the “Frida by Moonlight” party, featuring Mexican cuisine, cocktails and live music. Make a flower crown at the DIY station, or come dressed in your favorite headpiece or Frida-inspired costume. There is no fee to attend.
  • On Thursday, March 16, 2 p.m., Baila Miller of Miller Music and Fine Arts Programs will give a talk, “Masters of Realism and Surrealism: Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo.” There is no fee to attend.

“Frida Kahlo: Through the Lens of Nickolas Muray” has been organized through the Nickolas Muray Archives and is circulated by GuestCurator Traveling Exhibitions located in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

For more information call the Appleton at 352-291-4455 or visit