Carr, O’Keeffe and Kahlo in ‘Bone Wind Fire’

- October 18, 2012

"'Bone Wind Fire' at the O'Keeffe..."

Carr, O’Keeffe and Kahlo

I always wondered whether I might, some day, see a reprise of the show: “Carr, O’Keeffe, Kahlo: Places of Their Own” shown at ,what was then, the Museum of Fine Arts more than a decade ago, while the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum was still in the development stage. From that show I gained a great sense of Canadian artist Emily Carr, to add to my appreciation of both Georgia O’Keeffe and Frida Kahlo.  I appreciated the way that show portrayed each of these three women as strong independent forces in the works of art each produced. Each had a compelling and unique story to tell and I was determined to find out more about all three.

I had already spent many hours on many summer afternoons in the environs of Coyoacan on the fringe of Mexico City and the blue house, Kahlo’s family home, became one of my regular haunts as did the two-house, Juan O’Gorman-designed compound she shared with Diego River in San Angel, when they were not waging war with one another– as husband and wife or as, just lovers. When they were having a tiff or when Rivera was having one of his many trysts in his studio/home, Kahlo would close a gate on the bridge between the houses and studios of their “two state solution” and deny Rivera access to her life or deny herself any contact with him. One of my prized possessions is an original photograph of Rivera in that studio and all it has told me about the person who is absent from the image – Frida. My delving into her life has had me working slowly through the Herrera biography (Hayden Herrera). It is, clearly, the definitive work on Kahlo, but quite a slog – not because of its length, but because of the enormous detail. I always have to take a break and absorb before I go on.

In the case of O’Keeffe, I, like many other SantaFeans, have had ample opportunity to continue my discovery of the work and the artist.

Carr was always a different story. I wanted to see more work before I did extensive reading about the artist, so I planned my most recent trip to Victoria, British Columbia to include ample time at the Carr House and Museum. I wasn’t disappointed.

And now we have this movie, “Bone Wind Fire” at the O’Keeffe Museum as part of the 125th birthday celebration of O’Keeffe. Sharpe’s 30-minute film will be screened on November 14th at 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. at the O’Keeffe Museum Education Annex, 123 Grant Avenue.

Next weekend there will be a single showing of the film as part of the Independent Film Festival. An added attraction to this showing is an exhibition of original artworks by Jill Sharpe, the painter and filmmaker who brings us this film.

When I first saw a press release for the film I was excited to find out more about Carr. Now I realize this is a twofer and I am looking forward to both of these events.

Following its debut at the Vancouver Film Festival in 2011 to great acclaim. The International Festival of Films on Art in Montreal named “Bone Wind Fire” as the Best Canadian Film in March 2012. An intimate and evocative journey into the hearts, minds, and eyes of Georgia O’Keeffe, Emily Carr and Frida Kahlo—three of the 20th century’s most remarkable artists—the film uses the women’s own words, taken from their letters and diaries, revealing three individual creative processes in all their subtle and fascinating variety.

The exhibition, with the same title of the film, is inspired by frames in the film and contains nine original oil paintings by artist/filmmaker Sharpe and is travelling from Victoria, to Santa Fe, before going on to Mexico. The Sharpe’s show opens with a reception on Saturday, Oct 20 from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. following the  screening of the film at Warehouse 21 at 12:45 and runs through November 14th.

The opening reception is free, but you need to RSVP to