Join us for an audio described tour for blind and low-vision visitors through Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera: Art and Life in Modern Mexico.
Led by the exhibition’s curator, Julia Waite, this tour is audio described by Nicola Owen of Audio Described Aotearoa Ltd. It will last 90 minutes and is limited to 15 people.
Please book your place/s through the link below. If attending with a sighted companion please book tickets for them also. Please note only one sighted companion per purchase.
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In this head and shoulders self-portrait, Frida Kahlo gazes out at the viewer with piercing black eyes beneath her familiar thick black eyebrows which curve down to a V-shape at the top of her nose. Her forehead is uncreased, but she has a serious expression on her face, with her red lips pursed into a pout. Her black hair is pulled back severely from her face, plaited on top of her head into a wild textured sculpture of an infinity symbol like the figure 8 on its side. Wisps of black hair escape from the ridged surface of the red/brown yarn that encases the braids.
Around her bare throat is a heavy metal grey necklace reminiscent of a shackle with a straight conical bar across the front and a series of mismatched beads and charms strung onto red/brown yarn. Some are round, others oval, and one at the front is like a theatrical mask of a grimacing face.
Frida’s shoulders are bare, her breast concealed by tough prickly leaves growing up a thick olive-green vine that snakes over her right shoulder and around her back.
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The visitors of an audio described tour at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki stand at the entrance to a Gallery space. Wearing white conservation gloves, attendees gently touch the wooden wall panels that surround them – this is an artwork called Te Taumata by the artist Lonnie Hutchinson. The artwork is based on kōwhaiwhai patterns and elements from nature to reflect an upward journey from the ground to the canopy of the building. The design is cut into a light American oak wood and envelopes the doorway to the exhibition.
Frida Kahlo, Self-Portrait with Braid 1941, The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of 20th Century Mexican Art and the Vergel Foundation © Banco de México Rivera Kahlo Museums Trust/Copyright Agency, 2022
Photo credit: Nicola Owen
Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera: Art and Life in Modern Mexico is organised by the Vergel Foundation and MondoMostre in collaboration with the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes y Literatura.
- Level 1
- Adult $24.5, Concession $19.5, Members free