Programs

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.

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Weekend Celebrations

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.





Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) Weekends


October 24 & 25 and October 31 & November 1


FRIDA KAHLO concludes with a celebration of the Mexican tradition known for bringing together family and friends to remember loved ones: Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos. For two weekends in late October, join in the festivities with a procession of larger-than-life skeletons, butterflies, and La Catrina—the grande dame of this colorful holiday—hand-made by Lucrecia Novoa and performed by Mascaraviva, or stroll the Conservatory Plaza with the stilt dancers of Los Zancudos de Zaachila presented by Laura Anderson Barbata. Dress the part by creating your own mask to wear or having your face painted for the occasion! Artists in residence The Villalobos Brothers close out these weekend fiestas at the Garden with performances on October 31 & November 1.

View the full schedule of weekend events. | View a slideshow of Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) Weekends





Past Events



Opening Weekend Celebration


Saturday and Sunday, May 16 & 17


During a weekend-long fiesta celebrating Kahlo’s creative spirit that opens the exhibition, revel in the Mexican culture that inspired Frida Kahlo. Live performances by the musical artists in residence, The Villalobos Brothers, as well as Calpulli Danza Mexicana set the stage for two days of non-stop performance art, film, crafts, and fun for fans of any age. Plus, visit the MasterCard Priceless Patio and enjoy a live cooking demonstration by Chef Aarón Sánchez.

View the full schedule of weekend events.





¡Viva la Frida!


Saturday and Sunday, July 11 & 12


Bring your Frida fashion savvy for a fun-filled celebration of the life, style, and spirit of Frida Kahlo. Enjoy live music and dance throughout the afternoon by the women of Mariachi Flor de Toloache and the talented performers of Calpulli Danza Mexicana. Break out your creative side during a flower crown making workshop on the Conservatory Lawn from 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m. On Saturday only, watch the entrants of the Frida Look-Alike Contest (children and Diegos welcome!) compete for top prizes. Internationally-known Bronx artist Lucrecia Novoa will showcase her giant papier-mâché monarch butterfly puppets and interact with visitors throughout the Garden.

View the full schedule of weekend events | View a slideshow of the Frida Look-Alike Contest




¡Viva México! An Independence Day Celebration


September 19–20


The sights and sounds of Mexico enliven the Garden during this festive weekend of Mexican independence and Hispanic heritage, and Mexican poetry is brought to life during a live reading with Rachel Eliza Griffiths co-presented by the Poetry Society of America. Mariachi Flor de Toloache and Calpulli Danza Mexicana performances return for a fun-filled weekend.

View the full schedule of weekend events.

Mexican Poetry Reading—Rachel Eliza Griffiths

September 19; 2 p.m.


The poems of Nobel Prize winner Octavio Paz, many referencing native plants and flowers, are displayed adjacent to the Haupt Conservatory amid the seasonal beauty of the Garden's own collections. Poet Rachel Eliza Griffiths presents a special reading of his work, as well as her own, drawing inspiration from the gardens and exhibition around her.


¡Viva México! An Independence Day Celebration



Performances


Poetry Reading with Rachel Eliza Griffiths
Perennial Garden
Saturday only; 2 p.m.


The poems of Nobel Prize winner Octavio Paz, many referencing native plants and flowers, are displayed adjacent to the Haupt Conservatory amid the seasonal beauty of the Garden's own collections. Poet Rachel Eliza Griffiths presents a special reading of his work, as well as her own, drawing inspiration from the gardens and exhibition around her.


Mariachi Flor de Toloache
Conservatory Plaza 1 & 3 p.m.


Calpulli Danza Mexicana
Conservatory Plaza (2 p.m. performance on Saturday at Library Steps)
12, 2, & 4 p.m.


Giant Monarch Butterfly Puppets
Throughout the Garden
12–4 p.m.



Activities


¡Cámara, Acción! Mexican Film Series
Ross Hall
3 p.m.


Saturday: Frida (R, 123 min.)
The Academy Award-winning film Frida, directed by Julie Taymor and starring Salma Hayek. Please note that Frida is rated R. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.


Sunday: Canícula (65 min.)
Beautifully photographed, this documentary features rare footage of the Totonac people of Veracruz's voladores ritual ("the flying dance"), named an Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. Canícula emphasizes the importance of tradition in the preservation of culture and identity.


Flower Crown Making
Conservatory Lawn
11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.


Break out your creative side and make your own flower crown inspired by Frida! Materials available while supplies last.


Textile Artisan Demonstration
Shop in the Garden
10 a.m.–5 p.m.


Women artisans from Chiapas demonstrate their age-old techniques in weaving and embroidery. Using the backstrap loom, these textile artists evoke ancient motifs with natural dyes, striking a beautiful balance between traditional and contemporary.

Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) Weekends



Performances


Calpulli Danza Mexicana
Conservatory Steps
October 24 & 25; 12, 2, & 4 p.m.


Jarana Beat
Conservatory Lawn
October 24 & 25; 1 & 3 p.m.


The Villalobos Brothers & Los Chinelos de Morelos
Conservatory Lawn
October 31 & November 1; 1 & 3 p.m.


Laura Anderson Barbata in collaboration with Los Zancudos de Zaachila
October 31 & November 1; 1–4 p.m.


Skeleton & La Catrina Puppets by Lucrecia Novoa & Mascaraviva
Throughout the Garden
October 24 & 25 and October 31 & November 1; 12–4 p.m.


Live Performance Art: Los Dos Fridas/The Two Fridas
In the Britton Rotunda
October 31; 1–5 p.m. & November 1; 11:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.


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 the artist's 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.



Activities


Giant Pumpkin Carving with Ray Villafane
October 24 & 25; 10 a.m.–6 p.m.


Watch Master Carver Ray Villafane transform giant pumpkins into a Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) tableau. Enjoy daily Q&A sessions with his additional carvers.


Giant Pumpkin Display
October 24–November 1; 10 a.m.–6 p.m.


Giant pumpkins from North America once again arrive at the Garden, arranged in collaboration with the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth. See how you measure up against these giants, including the largest pumpkin in North America that weighs in at 2,230 pounds!


Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) Altar
On view in the Conservatory
10 a.m.–6 p.m.


See an altar in honor of Frida Kahlo designed by contemporary artist Andrea Arroyo, Viva la Vida (Long Live Life), 2015


¡Cámara, Acción! Mexican Film Series
Ross Hall
3 p.m.


Saturdays: Frida (R, 123 min.)
The Academy Award-winning film Frida, directed by Julie Taymor and starring Salma Hayek. Please note that Frida is rated R. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.


Sunday, October 25: Güeros (102 min.)
This "wry, visually audacious film" (Filmmaker Magazine) is set in 1999, when a year-long university strike both engaged and set adrift thousands of students in Mexico City. Left to their own devices, three students embark on a road trip in search of a Mexican folk rock hero.


Sunday, November 1: Tercera Llamada / Last Call (92 min.)
In this comedic ensemble piece, a Mexican theater company is in rehearsals for a production of Caligula by Albert Camus. Things aren't going well: the lead actress is furious with the neurotic and depressed director, the lead actor is having panic attacks, and an older actor can't memorize his lines.


Mask-Making Workshop
Dodge Activity Center
11 a.m.–3 p.m.


Decorate your own traditional Mexican fiesta mask or make some Frida flair to wear in celebration of the Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos)! Materials available while supplies last.


Face Painting
Perennial Garden
1–4:30 p.m.


Whether you want to look spooky or sweet, join Face Art by Melissa to get your face painted in the spirit of the Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos)!

FRIDA KAHLO: Art, Garden, Life Opening Weekend Celebration



Performances


The Villalobos Brothers
On the Conservatory Stage
Saturday & Sunday; 1 & 3:30 p.m.


Calpulli Danza Mexicana
By the Conservatory Steps
Saturday; 12, 2:30, & 4:30 | Sunday; 2:30 & 4:30 p.m.



Activities


Textile Artisan Demonstration
Shop in the Garden
Saturday; 10 a.m.–6 p.m. & 6:30–9 p.m. | Sunday; 10 a.m.–6 p.m.


Women artisans from Chiapas and Oaxaca demonstrate their age-old techniques in weaving and embroidery. Using the backstrap loom, these textile artists evoke ancient motifs with natural dyes, striking a beautiful balance between traditional and contemporary.


MasterCard Priceless Patio
In the Conservatory Courtyard
Saturday & Sunday; 11 a.m.–4 p.m.


Visit the MasterCard Priceless Patio, a location exclusively for MasterCard cardholders to sit back, relax, and enjoy Mexican-inspired food, beverages, and live entertainment! To enter the Priceless Patio, simply show your MasterCard.


MasterCard Cooking Demo: Aarón Sánchez
On the Conservatory Stage
Sunday; 12–12:30 p.m. (Meet & Greet from 12:30–2 p.m.)


Take your Best Seat on the Conservatory Lawn for a Priceless culinary demonstration with Chef Aarón Sánchez! The 30-minute demonstration will be followed by a Meet & Greet in the MasterCard Priceless Patio, where MasterCard cardholders who purchased tickets to the demonstration can meet the chef and sample his creation from the demo. To purchase tickets, visit priceless.com/newyork.


Mask-Making Workshop
In the Perennial Garden
12–4 p.m.


Decorate your own traditional Mexican fiesta mask or some Frida flair to wear.


Film Screening: Frida
In Ross Hall
Saturday; 3–5 p.m. (R, 123 min.)


Film Screening: Café, Cantos de Humo (Coffee, Chants of Smoke)
In Ross Hall
Sunday; 3–4:20 p.m. (NR, 80 min.)

¡Viva la Frida! Weekend



Performances


Live Music & Dance
Conservatory Plaza, Saturday & Sunday; 12–4 p.m.


Mariachi Flor de Toloache, New York's fresh and versatile all-female mariachi band, is a melting pot of musical styles and cultural roots. Calpulli Danza Mexicana demonstrate their knowledge and passion for Mexican dance and culture with colorful and exciting performances.


Saturday
1:30 & 4 p.m. – Mariachi Flor de Toloache
12, 1, & 3:15 p.m. – Calpulli Danza Mexicana


Sunday
1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m. – Mariachi Flor de Toloache
1, 3:15, & 4 p.m. – Calpulli Danza Mexicana


Live Art
Visitor Center, Saturday; 12–5:30 p.m.


Renowned street muralist Bradley Theodore creates one of his signature portraits, inspired by our exhibition of Frida Kahlo, during a live painting session.


Giant Monarch Butterfly Puppets
Saturday & Sunday; 12–4 p.m.


Internationally-known Bronx artist Lucrecia Novoa will showcase her giant papier-mâché monarch butterfly puppets and interact with visitors throughout the Garden.


Activities


¡Viva La Frida! Look-Alike Contest
Saturday
Kids' Contest: 2–3 p.m. | Fridas & Diegos: 4– 5 p.m.


See Frida and Diego look-alikes compete to honor the artist with their best take on her famous fashion during NYBG's Frida Look-Alike Contest. Online pre-registration required for all participants.


¡Cámara, Acción! Mexican Film Series
Ross Hall, Saturday & Sunday; 3 p.m.
Presented in partnership with Cinema Tropical


Saturday: Frida (R, 123 min.)
The Academy Award-winning film Frida, directed by Julie Taymor and starring Salma Hayek. Please note that Frida is rated R. Under 17 requires, accompanying parent or adult guardian.

Sunday: Frida, Naturaleza Viva/Frida, Still Life (NR, 65 min.)
A kaleidoscopic deathbed reverie, as Frida Kahlo (Ofelia Medina) reexamines her life and art, from a near-fatal childhood accident, to her stormy marriage to Diego Riviera, to her own artistic career. Winner of eight Ariel Awards—Mexico's National film prize—including Best Picture, Director, Actress, and Screenplay.


Flower Crown Making
Conservatory Lawn, Saturday & Sunday; 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.


Break out your creative side and make your own flower crown inspired by Frida! Materials available while supplies last.


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