FRIDA KAHLO: Art, Garden, Life
May 16 – November 1, 2015
The New York Botanical Garden announces its major 2015 exhibition, FRIDA KAHLO: Art, Garden, Life, focusing on the iconic artist's engagement with nature in her native country of Mexico. Opening on May 16 and remaining on view through November 1, the exhibition will be the first solo presentation of Kahlo's work in New York City in more than 10 years, and the first exhibition to focus exclusively on her intense interest in the botanical world.
Visitors to the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory will walk through a stunning flower show reimagining Kahlo's studio and garden at the Casa Azul (Blue House) in Coyoacán, Mexico City. Curated by distinguished art historian and specialist in Mexican art, Adriana Zavala, Ph.D., the multifaceted exhibition will include a rare display of more than a dozen original Kahlo paintings and works on paper on view in the LuEsther T. Mertz Library's Art Gallery at the Garden. Accompanying events invite visitors to learn about Kahlo's Mexico and her enduring cultural influence through poetry, lectures, "Frida al Fresco" evenings, Mexican-inspired shopping and dining experiences, and hands-on art activities for kids.
"FRIDA KAHLO: Art, Garden, Life will be a one-of-a-kind exhibition that will provide an in-depth look at Kahlo's work and artistic environment and also celebrate the energy and sophistication of Mexican culture," explains Gregory Long, CEO and The William C. Steere Sr. President of the Garden. "Frida Kahlo is a profoundly important artist whose work reflects the complexity of her life and times. The Garden is proud to present this focused look at Kahlo's work, which examines how it was influenced by nature."
Frida Kahlo, Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird, 1940. Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin. © 2014 Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
Support also provided by the Arthur F. and Alice E. Adams Foundation, Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Mex-Am Cultural Foundation, New York Council for the Humanities, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature.
Exhibitions in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory are made possible by the Estate of Enid A. Haupt.
Exhibitions in the Mertz Library are made possible by the LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust.
Additional support has also been provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and by a Challenge Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.