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Spanish-Born Artist Remedios Varo Creates New Worlds

Spanish-born painter Remedios Varo would have appreciated the synchronicity of it all.

Earlier this year, I read Claire McMillan’s wonderful new novel Alchemy of a Blackbird (about Remedios Varo’s relationship with her fellow artist Leonora Carrington). Tarot cards feature strongly in Claire’s text as Remedios learns how to read them, so it had to be the perfect alignment of stars and planets when, during my subsequent interview with Claire for FF2 Media, she told me that the Art Institute of Chicago – my hometown art museum – would be opening an exhibition on Remedios Varo the very next month.… read more.

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Celebrating Cultural Icon Frida Kahlo on Her Birthday

Happy birthday, Frida Kahlo! On this day in 1907, the celebrated painter and cultural icon, known for her portraits which explored themes of gender, colonialism, and Mexican identity at large, was born in Coyoacán, Mexico.

During the height of the pandemic, FF2 collaborator Dayna Hagewood attended a Smithsonian Associates Streaming Series lecture taught by Nancy G.read more.

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Celebrating Lesbian Icon Chavela Vargas this Pride Month

Happy Pride! Today, in honor of Pride month, FF2 is celebrating influential singer and queer icon Chavela Vargas! Chavela’s revolutionary musical style, as well as her defiant rejection of heteronormativity, spoke to her listeners and influenced the work of queer artists of future generations.

Born in San Joaquín de Flores, Costa Rica on April 17, 1919, even at a young age Chavela dedicated herself to her dream of singing, bravely leaving her home for Mexico at 17 to give herself a better chance at a professional music career. read more.

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2022 MacArthur Fellows: Musician Martha Gonzalez

Six women artists are among 25 people selected by the MacArthur Foundation to receive prestigious 2022 MacArthur fellowships (known as ‘genius grants’) in recognition of their extraordinary creativity and promise to advance the future of their fields.

These six women whose pioneering work brings insight and inspiration — a literary historian, a plant ecologist, three musicians, and an architect — will each receive $800,000, a no-strings-attached award as an investment in their potential.… read more.

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