The vibrant culture and style of Frida Kahlo’s Mexico come to life at the Garden, highlighting the influences behind the artist’s famed work through dance, music, food, and film. Delight in the spirit of the exhibition during festivities and events that recall the inspired life lived by this beloved artist.
Thanks to all who visited during our FRIDA KAHLO exhibition in 2015! While the show has concluded, you can still enjoy it through our FRIDA KAHLO Mobile Guide.
Classic and contemporary Mexican music meets the colorful traditions of ballet folklórico, featuring performances throughout the Garden by Mexico Beyond Mariachi, The Villalobos Brothers, Flor de Toloache, and Calpulli Danza Mexicana.
Every Saturday at 3 p.m., experience Frida Kahlo on the big screen with the Academy Award-winning film Frida, directed by Julie Taymor and starring Salma Hayek. On Sundays, a revolving series of compelling documentaries, shorts, and features takes you inside the vibrant culture of Mexico today, presented in partnership with Cinema Tropical.
Artisans from Chiapas and Oaxaca demonstrate their age-old techniques in weaving, embroidery, and gourd carving. Using the backstrap loom, these textile artists evoke ancient motifs with natural dyes, striking a beautiful balance between traditional and contemporary. In August, visiting artisans carve and draw graceful designs onto gourds, or jicaras, communicating their personal and communal stories of celebrations, myths, and folklore. Visiting artisans are part of Tixinda—the Mixtec Indigenous Weaving Cooperative, the Unión de Artesanas de Los Alto women's cooperative, and Chamuchic, a supporter of indigenous arts.
Join us for a special screening of two powerful short documentaries about an endangered purple sea snail and the dye it produces, which is used in the traditional weavings created by Mixtec women in a remote village in Oaxaca, Pinotepa de Don Luis. Each of the screenings will be followed by a translated discussion with the people featured in the films, who will also demonstrate their craft of spinning and weaving. This is the first time these weavers and their wares have ever made an appearance in the United States. Their creations will be available for purchase during the event and at Shop in the Garden, with proceeds directly benefitting their community and cause.
Additionally, Marta Turok, Award-winning Mexican anthropologist and co-author of Self-portrait in a Velvet Dress: The Fashion of Frida Kahlo, along with immigrants rights attorney Patrice Perillie, Director of Mexican Dreamweavers, will share the story of the endangered marine snail, Purpura pansa, which lives off the coast of Mexico and is known for its tixinda purple dye. The snails are milked to create dye for hand-spun thread that is then woven on backstrap looms into colorful cloth that is coveted by textile aficionados around the world. As an advocate for the preservation of their habitat, Ms. Turok speaks of the snails' endangered species status and current threats to the millennial tradition of the Mixtec community. Ms. Perillie will share the process and values of womens' labor that goes into making each weaving, as well as the importance of supporting indigenous weaving cooperatives. facebook.com/mexicandreamweavers
Explore FRIDA KAHLO: Art, Garden, Life from your smartphone, whether you're on- or off-site. Tour Kahlo's home through images, audio content, and videos. A virtual tour of the entire exhibition combines archival and contemporary photographs as well as a current-day video of the Casa Azul in Coyoacán. Take a selfie and style it with flowers, fruits, and foliage like one of Kahlo's paintings—and share it with your friends!
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The poems of Nobel Prize winner Octavio Paz, many referencing native plants and flowers, will be displayed adjacent to the Haupt Conservatory amid the seasonal beauty of the Garden's own collections.
Special Reading: On Saturday, September 19 at 2 p.m., Rachel Eliza Griffiths will give a reading of selected poems in the Ross Hall.
An installation of specially commissioned artwork by contemporary Artist in Residence, Humberto Spíndola, is on display in the Britton Rotunda of the Library building. Inspired by Kahlo's double self-portrait The Two Fridas (1939), Spíndola re-creates her iconic dresses using a trompe l'oeil effect that closely resembles fabric. Special live performances with two male models posed wearing replicas of his paper dresses bring the painting to life on select dates throughout the summer and fall.
The rich history and long-standing traditions of Mexican tequila will be told through a living presentation of the plant at the heart of it all—the agave—for an informative look into the botany and craftsmanship of one of the world’s favorite spirits.
Get to know Mexico City inside and out over the course of your four-day/three-night stay. Round trip airfare, hotel, dining, airport transportation, and tickets to Casa Azul included.
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Tintes y Colorantes de la Costa (Dyes and Colors of the Coast) portrays the life of 74-year-old Habacuc Avendaño as he travels to the rocky Oaxacan coastline to milk the purple dye tixinda from an endangered species of snail that lives in the seaside precipices. He describes the endangerment of tixinda due to poaching, which also threatens the traditional weavings created by the village women, prized by museums and collectors worldwide.
Los Posohuancos follows the Mixtec weaver Margarita Avendaño, the oldest weaver in her group, whose huipiles were featured in an exhibition at the Museum of Textiles in Oaxaca. She tells of her history and how she learned to hand-spin the natural brown cotton called coyuchi, as well as how to weave posohuancos, a traditional long skirt worn by the Mixtec women.