Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism at the Denver Art Museum

Just as Hispanic Heritage Month draws to a close, tickets for Denver Art Museum’s Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism are now on sale! Head on over to their website for details, including a four-part crash course and activities for kids and families, and to purchase tickets to visit the exhibition between October 25, 2020 and November 30, 2020. Tickets for the final two months of the show -- December 1, 2020 through January 24, 2021 -- will be available for purchase starting Monday, November 23 at 10 a.m. Spots are going fast, so don’t delay!

Of course, rest assured that the museum’s priority is visitor and staff safety. Capacity limits and mask-wearing and social distancing protocols are currently in place. Visit the museum’s homepage for more information.

The exhibition will feature more than 150 pieces by the renowned Frida and Diego (including 1943’s Diego on my Mind and Calla Lilly Vendor) and their contemporaries, such as Lola and Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Gunther Gerzso, María Izquierdo, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Carlos Mérida, and more, honing in on the post-Mexican Revolutionary period after 1920.

Bone up on the art and artists ahead of time by taking a look at what we at Denver Public Library have in our collection!

On Frida:

Frida Kahlo: The Last Interview and Other Conversations / with an introduction by Hayden Herrera (2020)

Frida Kahlo / Claudia Bauer (2018)

Frida Kahlo: An Illustrated Life / María Hesse; translation by Achy Obejas (2018)

Frida Kahlo 1907-1954: Pain and Passion / Andrea Kettenmann; translated from the German by Karen Williams (2016)

Frida / a film by Julie Taymor; starring Salma Hayek (2002; DVD)

The Diary of Frida Kahlo: An Intimate Self-Portrait / Frida Kahlo; introduction by Carlos Fuentes; essay and commentaries by Sarah M. Lowe (1995)

Frida Kahlo in Mexico / Robin Richmond (1994)

Frida Kahlo: An Open Life / Raquel Tibol; translated by Elinor Randall (1993)

On Diego:

Conversations with Diego Rivera: The Monster in His Labyrinth / by Alfredo Cardona Peña ; a translation by Alvaro Cardona-Hine (2018)

Diego Rivera: The Complete Murals / Luis-Martín Lozano, Juan Rafael Coronel Rivera; photography by Rafael Doniz and Francisco Kochen; edited by Benedikt Taschen; English translation, Mary Blackman and Deirdre MacCloskey (2017)

Dreaming with His Eyes Open: A Life of Diego Rivera / Patrick Marnham (2000)

Diego Rivera: As Epic Modernist / by David Craven (1997)

My Art, My Life: An Autobiography / Diego Rivera with Gladys March (1991)

Diego Rivera: A Retrospective / Detroit Institute of Arts (1986)

On both:

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera / Isabel Alcántara and Sandra Egnolff; translated from the German by Joan Clough-Laub (2016)

On other artists included in the exhibition:

Lola Álvarez Bravo: Picturing Mexico / edited by Stephanie Weissberg; essays by Karen Cordero Reiman and Stephanie Weissberg (2018)

Manuel Álvarez Bravo: Photographs and Memories / essay by Frederick Kaufman (1997)

Risking the Abstract: Mexican Modernism and the Art of Gunther Gerzso / Diana C. Du Pont; with contributions by Luis-Martín Lozano, Cuauhtémoc Medina, Eduardo de la Vega Alfaro (2003)

María Izquierdo and Frida Kahlo: Challenging Visions in Modern Mexican Art / Nancy Deffebach (2015)

Art and Revolution / by David Alfaro Siqueiros; translation made from the original Spanish texts by Sylvia Calles (1975)

A Treasury of Mexican Folkways: The Customs, Myths, Folklore, Traditions, Beliefs, Fiestas, Dances, and Songs of the Mexican People / by Frances Toor; illustrated with 10 color plates, 100 drawings by Carlos Mérida, and 170 photographs (1947; in our Western History Collection)

The Hungry Moon: Mexican Nursery Tales / by Patricia Fent Ross; illustrated by Carlos Mérida (1946; in our Children’s Historical Collection)

On Mexican art:

Mexico's Revolutionary Avant-Gardes: From Estridentismo to ¡30-30! / Tatiana Flores (2013)

Essays on Mexican Art / Octavio Paz; translated from the Spanish by Helen Lane (1993)

En español:

Diego Rivera, Luces y Sombras: Narración Documental / Raquel Tibol (2007)

Ahí les Dejo Mi Retrato / Frida Kahlo; prólogo de Ana María Moix; introducción y notas de Raquel Tibol (2005)

Diego Rivera: Arte y Revolución / Diego Rivera (1999)

Soñar con los Ojos Abiertos: Una Vida de Diego Rivera / Patrick Marnham; traducción de Gemma Rovira Ortega (1999)

El Diario de Frida Kahlo: Un Íntimo Autorretrato / Frida Kahlo; introducción de Carlos Fuentes; ensayo y comentarios de Sarah M. Lowe (1995)

Las Fiestas de Frida y Diego: Recuerdos y Recetas / Guadalupe Rivera Marín y Marie-Pierre Colle Corcuera; fotografías de Ignacio Urquiza; recetas adaptadas por Laura B. de Caraza Campos; diseño de Julio Vega (1994)

Frida Kahlo 1907-1954: Dolor y Pasión / Andrea Kettenmann; traducción, María Ordóñez-Rey (1992)

For kids:


Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos / by Monica Brown; illustrated by John Parra (2017; also on DVD and en español)

Diego Rivera: His World and Ours / by Duncan Tonatiuh (2011)

Frida Kahlo: The Artist Who Painted Herself / by Margaret Frith; illustrated by Tomie DePaola (2003)

Frida / by Jonah Winter; illustrated by Ana Juan (2002)

Diego / illustrations by Jeanette Winter; text by Jonah Winter; translated from the English by Amy Prince (1991; bilingual)


Frida Kahlo: Artist and Activist / Matt Doeden (2020)

Me, Frida, and the Secret of the Peacock Ring / Angela Cervantes (2018)

Who Was Frida Kahlo? / by Sarah Fabiny; illustrated by Jerry Hoare (2013)

Diego Rivera: An Artist for the People / Susan Goldman Rubin (2013)

Diego: Bigger Than Life / Carmen T. Bernier-Grand; illustrated by David Diaz (2009)

Frida: Viva la Vida = Long Live Life / by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand (2007)

Casa Azul / by Laban Carrick Hill (2005)

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera: Their Lives and Ideas: 24 Activities / Carol Sabbeth (2005)

--- Guest blog contributed by Lainie F. ---

Written by Dodie on October 20, 2020

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