About

Myra Bairstow is an author, playwright, and art curator, and is most known for her work with American modernist Manierre Dawson. In collaboration with The Hollis Taggart Galleries, she served as the co-author and director of the Manierre Dawson Catalgoue Raisonné published in 2011. Her groundbreaking exhibitions with the Gallery include "Manierre Dawson: American Pioneer of Abstract Art" (New York), "Manierre Dawson: New Revelations” (Chicago) and “Manierre Dawson” A Catalogue Raisonne" (New York).

Currently, Bairstow has been chronicling her journey and revelations on the Official Dorothy Hale Blog. Visit the blog to receive lecture updates, news and more.

Frida Kahlo’s Famous Painting: "El Suicidio de Dorothy Hale"

In addition to Bairstow's work on Dawson, she is one of the leading researchers on the famous Frida Kahlo painting titled "El Suicidio de Dorothy Hale" (Suicide of Dorothy Hale). When she began researching the painting over a decade ago, Bairstow unexpectedly found many contradictions about Dorothy Hale's life and mysterious death.

Since uncovering these shocking revelations, Bairstow has written a play and is now lecturing about the mysterious circumstances swirling the actress’ death.

Inaugural Lecture Hosted at Los Angeles County Museum of Art

On March 31, 2012, LACMA hosted the first of Bairstow’s speaking engagements on Frida Kahlo’s famous painting, “The Suicide of Dorothy Hale,” in conjunction with their special exhibit “In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States.” The lecture, titled “Frida Kahlo’s Portrait of Dorothy Hale: Dreams, Dramas and Revelations,” explored Hale’s relationship with Clare Boothe Luce and revealed never-before-seen documents, letters and photos. Bairstow also revealed shocking contradictions and inaccuracies regarding the life and death of Dorothy Hale.

Bairstow has been asked to lecture at future events. To find out when her next speaking engagement will be, please email us at info@dorothyhale.com or visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/pages/Dorothy-Hale/296072857126402 for a full schedule. To view snippets of her lecture and other media, please visit the Official Dorothy Hale YouTube page: youtube.com/user/officialDorothyHale

The Rise of Dorothy Hale Stage Play

Enthralled and inspired by Frida Kahlo’s famous painting, Bairstow wrote a play titled "The Rise of Dorothy Hale" which premiered Off-Broadway at The St Luke’s Theatre in September 2007. The play featured such noted actors including Emmy Award winner Michael Badalucco, Patrick Boll, Sarita Choudhury, Laura Bonarrigo, Sarah Wynter and Mark LaMura.Read More >>

References:

http://manierredawson.com

Manierre Dawson (1887-1969): A Catalogue Raisonné
http://www.hollistaggart.com/publications/catalogue_raisonnes/detail/manierre_dawson_catalogue_raisonne

Manierre Dawson: American Pioneer of Abstract Art (1887-1969)
http://www.hollistaggart.com/exhibitions/detail/manierre_dawson_american_pioneer_of_abstract_art_1887_1969

Manierre Dawson: New Revelations
http://www.hollistaggart.com/exhibitions/detail/manierre_dawson_new_revelations