The cult of Kahlo needs no explanation: Frida Kahlo, the artist, is already fascinating for her wholly original work, but when you view her in terms of her historical and social milieu well, what more is there to say? She was born an icon.
The Hungarian-born photographer Nickolas Muray, Kahlo's friend and lover in the 1930s and '40s, clearly shared that view: He shot her in dozens of poses over the years they knew each other, resulting in a treasury of images lost to the world until they were found in a trunk in 1993 by Muray's daughter.
Fifty of Muray's prints including snapshots taken of Kahlo with and without husband Diego Rivera, plus verité moments of her at work go on display today in Frida Kahlo: Through the Lens of Nickolas Muray, at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center's FAC Modern building, 121 South Tejon Street in downtown Colorado Springs. The show continues through September 30, and museum admission is $3.75 to $7.50; for more information, call 1-719-634-5581 or visit www.csfineartscenter.org.
July 1-Sept. 30, 2007