4 Art Exhibitions to Add to Your Agenda this Spring

From Frida to film, you won’t want to miss these art exhibitions this season

By Ellen Ranta Olson

Henry C. Balink’s Steals Horses, oil on canvas. Courtesy Tucson Museum of Art.
Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera

April 11–Aug. 20 • Heard Museum, Phoenix

More than 30 works by the famed Mexican artists — and sometimes spouses — will be on display in Phoenix this year, offering viewers a glimpse of iconic pieces such as Kahlo’s Self-Portrait with Monkey and Rivera’s Calla Lily Vendor. The exhibit will also feature more than 50 photographs taken by the likes of Edward Weston, Lola Alvarez Bravo and Kahlo’s father, Guillermo Kahlo, along with clothing and jewelry fancied by Frida. heard.org

Cady Wells

March 25–Sept. 17 • New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe

This 25-piece collection of Wells’ watercolor paintings, dubbed Ruminations, is a reflection of the East Coast native’s experiences living in New Mexico in the 1930s. Southwestern landforms and religious icons are easily spotted in his modernist pieces, while more timely influences, like the nearby Los Alamos atomic bomb experiments, are known to have subtly imbued his work with slightly darker undertones. nmartmuseum.org

Hollywood Southwest: New Mexico in Film and Television

Through Aug. 27 • Albuquerque Museum

From Billy the Kid to Breaking Bad, take a look at the myriad ways that New Mexico has been portrayed in movies and TV shows throughout the years. Guest curated by American cultural historian Paul Andrew Hutton, the exhibit includes Westerns, war movies, comedy and science fiction. albuquerquemuseum.org

Henry C. Balink

Through July 23 • Tucson Museum of Art

Born in Amsterdam, Balink was inspired to make his way west by a Taos travel poster he spotted in a train station. After a few visits, he relocated to New Mexico for good and began painting portraits of Native American people and culture. Today, his works are some of the most recognizable Southwestern portraits of the early 20th century. tucsonmuseumofart.org

Henry C. Balink’s Steals Horses, oil on canvas. Courtesy Tucson Museum of Art.