Frida Kahlo gets the superhero treatment: A photo preview
Four the last four years running, the Chicano Humanities and Arts Council's gallery on Santa Fe has done an annual show dedicated to Frida Kahlo, queen of the surrealist self-portrait and owner of the most celebrated unibrow of all time. This year, though, the gallery is doing it a little different: For one thing, the CHAC has opened up its submissions guidelines to include more of those towering figures of Mexican art and folklore -- but the kicker? It's all about turning them into superheroes.
Like all of CHAC's Kahlo shows, this one was open to submissions from anybody, and the call went out to the gallery's 2,000-member mailing list last month. "People love Frida," Executive Director Crysal O'Brien acknowledges, "but I wanted more material, and I felt making it broader would give artists a little more to work with."
For that reason, the show covers not just Frida and her by-turns beloved and estranged muralist husband Diego Rivera, but really anything that might fall under the auspices of that which is Mexican: Masked wrestlers and the Virgin of Guadalupe factor prominently.