Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life
October 10, 2016 @ 8:30 am - May 31, 2017 @ 4:30 pm
October 10th, 2016 – May 31st, 2017
Included with Gardens Admission
Tucson Botanical Gardens is honored to host the New York Botanical Garden’s blockbuster exhibit: Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life. This exhibit examines Kahlo’s work, life and influence through the lens of the plants and nature that surrounded her. Tucson Botanical Gardens was selected as the only institution to receive this extraordinary exhibition designed by one of the world’s premier botanical gardens, the New York Botanical Garden.
The centerpiece of Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life is the recreation of the gardens that Frida Kahlo maintained in her home in Mexico City: La Casa Azul. Great care was taken to present the plants, colors and forms that were such an important source of inspiration to Kahlo. Included in the installation is the Meso-American-inspired pyramid that Diego Rivera built in the central courtyard of Casa Azul. This replica is used to showcase a diverse collection of cacti and succulents native to the deserts of Mexico and the Southwestern United States.
Also included in the exhibit Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life:
“The Two Fridas:” Celebrated Mexican artist Humberto Spindola was commissioned to re-create ‘The Two Fridas,’ Kahlo’s double self-portrait, in the Aztec tradition of amate paper art. This spectacular, original work of art will be on display in the Gardens’ Legacy Gallery.
Mexican Plant Tour: A self-guided stroll through the Gardens that focuses on the native flora that would have been a part of Frida Kahlo’s surroundings in Central Mexico.
Frida for Children: Family-friendly activities that present Frida Kahlo’s life and work in a way to spark the imagination of visitors of all ages. There is a Puppet Theater and a kid-sized replica of Frida’s Kitchen. Both are hands-on opportunities to explore the connections between art, creativity and the natural world.
The New York Botanical Garden’s staff worked for years to create Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life—the first exhibit ever to focus on Kahlo’s engagement with nature, revealing her intense interest, aesthetic appreciation and deep knowledge of the natural world, especially Mexico’s plant life.
Their amazing team of 200 staff members, including 80 Ph.D. scientists, provided only part of the group of experts involved in the process. Additional experts came from further afield including Tony Award-winning Broadway stage designer Scott Pask. In preparation of his work to recreate features of the brilliant home of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, Pask traveled to La Casa Azul, Frida’s childhood home in Mexico City. Pask is a University of Arizona alumnus and part-time resident of Tucson.
Tucson Botanical Gardens will present Tours, Lectures and other events throughout the duration of Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life.
Featured exhibits and events are:
- Frida: Portraits by Nikolas Muray Tucson Botanical Gardens and Etherton Gallery, as part of the blockbuster exhibit Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life, are collaborating to bring the photography show Frida: Portraits by Nickolas Muray, to the Porter Hall Gallery. Frida: Portraits by Nickolas Muray, features vivid color photographs of Mexico’s most famous painter. Made between 1931 and 1941, the portraits offer a colorful and intimate glimpse into the life of the legendary artist. Find out more…
- Frida’s Roots: Frida Kahlo’s Cultural, Artistic and Botanical Influences This lecture series, organized in partnership with Pima Community College, provides insight into the world of Frida Kahlo. With eleven lectures by leading academics, authors and artists on a range of subjects, don’t miss this opportunity to learn about Frida Kahlo, her history and her heritage. Find out more…
- Tours of Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden Life Interpretive and informative tours of the exhibit will be available on Thursday and Friday mornings from 11 a.m. – noon. Led by our qualified Docents, these tours will give the visitor an overview of the exhibit and an appreciation of the link between Frida Kahlo and her botanical influences. Find out more…
- Frida Fridays The Gardens will remain open on Fridays and offer an opportunity to see the the exhibit Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life in the dramatic light of the evening. Cafe Botanica will remain open and offer a three course dinner that reflects the flavors of Kahlo’s Mexico City. Every Friday night! Find out more…
This exhibition has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor. Other major support provided by Pima Community College, the Mexican Consulate of Tucson, Tucson Water and Cox Communications.