Friday, November 20, 2009

El Museo del Barrio

While in New York, I photographed Julián Zugazagoitia, Director and CEO of El Museo del Barrio. If you have a chance to visit, you will enjoy the thoughtful exhibits. The story by Julio Valdeón with two of my photos was published in El Mundo (here).

I was very moved by a painting that Frida Kahlo made for the mother of Dorothy Hale, for the anniversary of the suicide of her daughter: El Suicidio de Dorothy Hale, 1939. Dorothy jumped off her apartment building in New York after throwing a party for all her friends, in which she announced she was leaving town for a while. Her husband had passed away not long before. Dorothy's mom didn't accept the present, understandably so, and the oil painting (on masonite with frame) is now part of the collection of the Phoenix Art Museum, who loaned it to New York temporarily.

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