Elliott King, curator of the High Museum’s Frida and Diego exhibit, gave a detailed overview of the exhibit at The Galloway School on Feb. 22. Dr. King discussed the lives of both Frida and Diego, their art, and how they impacted each other's work.
"Part of the curator's job is to come up with a storyline," King said. He discussed how the exhibit opens with Diego's early works, which were heavily influenced by his European surroundings. Diego was better known while he was alive and more outwardly political in his work. However, Frida's work became more political over time.
King took the audience through the lives of each artist, pointing out influences and the evolution of their work.
“King's ability to infuse incredible detail about the artists' personal lives and techniques they used, and the subjects they chose against the political backdrop of the world was fascinating,” said Galloway head of school Suzanna Jemsby.
“Short of going to the High Museum and seeing the exhibition itself, King's lecture was the perfect way to get familiarized with the richness and interconnectedness of Kahlo and Rivera's work,” she added.