FOR THE LOVE OF ANIMALS: SANTA BARBARANS DINE WITH FRIDA [KAHLO]

Posted on May 24 by SEASONS Magazine

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Painting by Frida Kahlo. Courtesy of National Museum of Animals and Society.

Gear up for very special evening on May 30, celebrating the life and creativity of beloved Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, and her affinity for animals as companions and muses. This event takes place in the beautiful gardens at Green House Studios (136 E. Yanonali St.) in The Funk Zone.

Attendees enjoy live music, curated potations, a surprising array of gourmet Mexican fare based on Frida’s own recipes, surrealist games and other amusements.

Half a dozen renowned local artists, including Dug Uyesaka, Maria Rendon and Rafael Perea de la Cabada, come together for a one-of-a-kind collaboration. Together, they compose several exquisite corpses—a surrealist artistic exercise—that is to be auctioned off that evening.

Green House Studios owner, Erika Carter says, “Everyone loves Frida and animals, and this is for a great cause. Virginia McCracken (fellow Green House Studios artist) and I have both had the privilege to work and exhibit with the National Museum of Animals & Society, the benefitting organization, and are deeply inspired by their mission to enrich the lives of animals and people by exploring our shared experience. We’re delighted to be hosting this soiree!”

Kahlo is one of Mexico’s most influential artists, and her aesthetics and personality continue to inspire countless individuals. Her many animal companions—monkeys, xoloitzcuintli (Mexican Hairless dogs), parrots, parakeets, macaws, chickens, a pet eagle named Gertrudis Caca Blanca and a fawn called Granizo—serve as a calming constant in her cacophonous existence.

“This event is everything our museum stands for; that animals and society are deeply intertwined and can be very complimentary. Animals and people can both benefit from our presence in each other’s lives. The arts are just one expression of that love and consideration for non-human beings,” says museum founder Carolyn Merino Mullin.

Attendees are encouraged to come dressed inspired by Frida, her work, life or other surreal themes and expect the unexpected in this exciting, surrealist affair.

“Frida was a proud woman: of her culture, fashion choices, commitment to social justice, her artistic skills used to represent her ideology, her love for ‘el pueblo de Mexico,’ and her compassion for the animals. I do admire a woman like that!” says anthropologist Carmen Geiler, a member of the event’s host committee.

National Museum of Animals & Society is dedicated to enriching the lives of animals and people by exploring shared experience. The museum centers on animal protection, animal studies and humane education in its collection, exhibitions, public programs, and educational efforts.

For more information and tickets, please visit museumofanimals.org/frida.

—Elizabeth Sanchez

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