austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,
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If you close your eyes and let the music play

I continue to work my way through the Museo Frida Kahlo.

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Another look into the conversation pit, showing off more of the seating and the variety of seating, and giving a better look at the stone floor. Also ... wait. Computer, enhance.


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The jaguar-head figure sitting in the conversation pit. I could not get close enough to it to say whether it's a mask or a full head sculpture.


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Upstairs above the conversation pit, and off of the dining room, was Kahlo and Rivera's main studio. Here, a box of crayons and paints, as left at the end of her life.


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My grandparents had the same pencil sharpener and fastened into the same wood table!


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View from the studio out onto the courtyard.


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Wheelchair and easel from, my understanding was, one of her last projects.


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Bookshelves, of endless fascination to me. Many of these are Rivera's notes. Notice the thick volume, Protest Rockefeller Vandalism, regarding the fresco that John D Rockefeller Jr commissioned for 30 Rockefeller Center because, apparently, nobody told the Rockefellers anything about Rivera besides that sure, he'd love to do a piece on the theme ``capitalism versus communism''. (I'm being snide. The Rockefellers knew what they were buying, but also imagined that New York City society could take it.)


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Rivera's gas mask. I asked a docent why he had an Industrial Gas Mask, and conformed it was for the most likely reason: protection from paint fumes. I thought protection from tear gas a less likely but still plausible need. The docent wondered if I might be British, given my quietly approaching and saying, ``I beg your pardon'' before confirming she understood English and could answer my trivial question.


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Rivera's book collection and wait, he read Drew Pearson? Wow.


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More of Rivera's library and I'm intrigued by this book Art From The Mayans To Disney, by Jean Charlot. Aren't you, now? (It was published in 1939.)


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Getting back to that wheelchair and easel, showing off the unfinished painting.


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Trunk and chair in a part of the studio that's getting near the bedroom. Like many of us there's not a perfect division between working spaces and private spaces.


Trivia: In 1996 the typical Miami-area home sold for 3.3 times household incomes. Ten years later it sold for 7.2 times income. Source: How Markets Fail: The Logic of Economic Calamities, John Cassidy.

Currently Reading: Holland on the Hudson: An Economic and Social History of Dutch New York, Oliver A Rink.

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