at Swans,,.En el Espíritu de Frida is an exhibit curated by Joe McGee in honor of the 60th anniversary of the death of the great Mexican painter, Frida Kahlo.
Not only has McGee curated the exhibit, but he will also display his work along with notable Kentucky artists such as Mari Mujica, Jacque Parsley, Diane Kahlo; and Pilar Acevedo who is from the Chicago area.
Also participating are two professors from the University of Louisville, Joe McGee's Alma mater. Christopher Fulton, Ph. D., from the Department of Fine Arts wrote an essay for the exhibit titled, WWFD? (What Would Frida Do?). Dr. Clare Sullivan, an Associate Professor of Spanish will oversee her advanced Spanish class in the translation of all of the written material so that the artist statements, artwork labels, and various other media will be bilingual.
The exhibit will be at Swanson Contemporary from November 21, 2014 to January 3, 2015. The gallery is owned by Chuck Swanson and is located at 638 Market in Louisville, Kentucky. We hope that you will join us for this wonderful exhibit. The opening reception is on November 21 from 6PM to 8PM.
From March 15, 2015 to July 12, 2015, The Detroit Institute of Arts, had an exhibit titled Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit. This exhibit took an in depth look at Kahlo’s time in Detroit and included the 1933 article (below) from The Detroit News.
We thank all of you for coming to our exhibit and making it such a success. It was fun, and it was such a pleasure to meet all of you! We all appreciate your support.
So, in the words of Joe McGee, Curator of En el espírtu de Frida,
Hey, thanks everyone, good turnout... So, here is Chuck closing up gates, on 2nd First Friday Trolley Hop. Thanks all my friends! Joe
A Q&A With Joe McGee About the Exhibition “En el Espiritu de Frida,” plus Five Art Events That You Shouldn’t Miss Visual Arts December 31, 2014 By Jo Anne Triplett
ART: ‘En el Espiritu de Frida’ at Swanson Contemporary Preview, Visual Arts December 17, 2014 By Jo Anne Triplett
The First Friday Trolley Hop brought another good turnout at our exhibit! Thank you to everyone for attending. We certainly appreciate your support!
Visit our exhibit at Swanson Contemporary on December 5, 2014, which is the First Friday Trolley Hop!
Here is some information about the Trolley Hop as described by the Louisville Downtown Management District:
The Republic Bank First Friday Trolley Hop is an art show, tourist attraction, street party and celebration of downtown Louisville that brings new visitors and new life to the Main and Market corridor. The Trolley Hop takes place on the first Friday of each month from 5-11pm, rain or shine. Most of the galleries close around 9 pm but the restaurants, clubs, and shops stay open later. The trolleys run until 11pm.
The Republic Bank First Friday Trolley Hop is free and open to the public and can be boarded at any trolley stop along the route.
FREE parking is available at Slugger Field, Main Street at Jackson, and the 4th St. Live! garage after 6 pm. Free parking is also available on the street after 6 pm. Click here to view a map of the trolley route and parking options.
Christopher Fulton, Ph. D., from the Department of Fine Arts wrote an interesting essay for the exhibit titled, WWFD? (What Would Frida Do?) Please see the previous post dated 11/4/2014. Apart from writing this wonderful essay, his Mexican Art & Architecture class is responsible for the ofrenda honoring Frida Kahlo, which is currently in the front window at Swanson Contemporary.
The following is the class's statement regarding their installation:
We present this ofrenda in honor of Frida Kahlo. Our small installation is inspired by the painting My Dress Hangs There (1933) which expresses Kahlo's distaste for U.S. materialism and the endless hustle-bustle of the North American city. Here as well as in the painting the dress stands for Kahlo herself, who has been displaced from her native milieu to the perilous and exotic North American locale. The hair on the ground is taken from another painting, Self-Portrait with Cropped Hair (1940), a personal testimony of renunciation and self-reproach. We hope these vestiges of Kahlo's life and identity find amenable surroundings at Swanson Contemporary, where her tender sensitivity is respected and valued.
Created by students in Prof Fulton's "Mexican Art & Architecture" class: Angela St. Vrain, Noah Randolf, Joshua White, and Jessica Oberdick.