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Art & Design

The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo

Artist Frida Kahlo is rarely out of the news—or public discourse—for long. A major museum always seems to be mounting a special exhibition of her work, articles about her life and paintings explore every facet of her art and activities, and her notorious eyebrows and style have made her a perennial favorite as a Halloween costume. Plus, there are now Frida Kahlo emojis. It’s an understatement to say she’s been a compelling character and spurred popular imagination for over seven decades.

The Brooklyn Academy of Music is organizing the newest celebration of Kahlo’s life. Fragmented Frida, on view at BAM from April 11–16, offers a one-woman production that explores the opposition the famous artist faced—bullying due to her Jewish heritage, a betrayal, and a crippling streetcar accident—and overcame. Brazilian actress Andrea Dantas takes on the role. Buy tickets here.