Frida Kahlo Joins Latin American 'Modern Masters' At San Diego Museum Of Art

Monday, October 23, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Pacific Standard Time, the sweeping Southern California multi-museum exhibition focused on Latin American and Latino art, has different museums with different approaches to that theme. But perhaps one of the luckiest museums in this mix has turned out to be the San Diego Museum of Art.

It is showing nearly 100 works from the collection of Juan Antonio Pérez Simón, a major Latin American art collector. The exhibit includes works by Rufino Tamayo, Fernando Botero, Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo and others, some of which haven't been displayed in San Diego before.

"What we are trying to convey is the message that Latin America is a very, very rich concept, very difficult to graph, because Latin America is not one thing," San Diego Museum of Art executive director Roxana Velásquez. "It is the sum of multiple ideas, multiple ethnicities. Its geography is so different from one country to another. But there are common lines here."

There is also an accompanying exhibit, "Frida & Me," aimed at teaching young children about Kahlo's life and self-portraits.

Velásquez joins KPBS Midday Edition on Monday with more on "Modern Masters from Latin America: The Pérez Simón Collection," which runs through March 11.