For the first time in over ten years, Frida Kahlo is granted a solo exhibit in New York City. What's even more brilliant regarding this tremendous honor is the very-Frida locale of the exhibition: The New York Botanical Garden.
Opening in two days on May 16, and running for over an entire season until the 1st of November, Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life will exhibit over a dozen of the late artist's paintings and works on paper, as well as various interactive media from music to lectures, shopping to dining, and hands-on activities for young adults. The precise sensibility of debuting this exhibit within the Botanical Gardens is evident in any of the works Kahlo put forth throughout her lifetime. The artist was an obvious lover of nature, natural beauty, and anything pertaining to the organic, exotic blues and lush greens of our world; especially her native Mexico. Blooms and leafy plants were quite often found in Kahlo's paintings and always within her studio and the garden at her beloved childhood home, Casa Azul.
Transpired by Mexican art specialist, Adriana Zavala, Ph.D., this exhibit is sure to be unique and wondrous, as each guest is transported back to a time and place wholly different from our modern lives in New York. As visitors pass through the landmarked Enid A. Haupt Conservatory of the Botanical Gardens their entrance will burst to life with stunning flowers, Mexican folk-art objects, colonial era art, religious ex-voto paintings, and native Mexican plants. The Gardens are vast and spacious so one can only anticipate this exhibit gets better with each step, and around every green corner.
Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird, 1940. Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life: New York Botanical Gardens, May 16 - November 1, 2015