Grupo Soap del Corazon / Art Jones Gallery
Nuestra Frida (Our Frida)
Interpretations, Explorations, Exploitations
681 17th Avenue NE, Minneapolis MN
Opening Event: Saturday, December 1, 2007 7-11pm
Exhibition runs December 1, 2007 - January 5, 2008
Th 12-8pm Fri 12-6pm Sat 12-6pm or by appointment
contact: Douglas Padilla - or 612-275-2835

Curated by local Latino artists group Grupo Soap del Corazon, and presented by Art Jones Gallery, Nuestra Frida (Our Frida) will address the art and life of the great Mexican artist Frida Kahlo in a five week show beginning December 1, 2007.

Concurrent with the wonderful exhibition of Frida's art at the Walker Art Center, Grupo Soap artists will interpret, explore, and exploit Frida Kahlo, her art, and the cult that surrounds her as a pop culture figure world wide.

In this show artists use photography, painting, drawing, installation and ritual, printing, sculpture, tee shirts, and conceptualism to a give the audience a 21st century take on this important figure in art history. For example, North Minneapolis artist Satyarthi has painted portraits of Frida on both canvas and tuxedo jackets while Douglas Padilla is a creating an ofrenda (altar for the dead) in conjunction with dozens of "friends of Frida Kahlo" that he has found on internet networking site Artist and designer Luis Fitch has produced a special Frida tee shirt for the show, while Northeast artist James Grafsgaard has collaborated with Mexican Patricia Mendoza to create a photographic series that addresses Frida's European and Mexican mestizo heritage.

Exhibiting artists include: Claudia Billy Baca, Gabriela Bertiller (Argentina), Pete Driessen, Luis Fitch, Ruthann Godellei, James Grafsgaard, Patricia Mendoza (Mexico), Celeste Nelms, Steve Nuno Nunez, Douglas Padilla, Nancy Robinson, (Amaru) Marcela Rodriguez Aguila (Chile), Satiyarthi, Melissa Stang, Maria Cristina Tavera, and Xavier Tavera.

Additionally, Art Jones Gallery and Grupo Soap del Corazon will present Salon Artisimo: Devotion and Dollars - Is Frida for Sale? on Wednesday, December 5 at 7pm at the Casket Arts Building gallery. Panelists will include Betsy Carpenter, co-curator of the Walker Art Center's Frida Kahlo exhibit; Juanita Garciagodoy, independent scholar and former Macalester Spanish professor; Ruthann Godellei, Grupo Soap artist and Macalester art professor; and Maria Cristina Tavera, Grupo Soap artist and Kahlo bibliographer.