Frida Kahlo’s Garden for September First Friday

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Mid-America Arts Alliance (M-AAA) is pleased to present an exhibition preview of Frida Kahlo’s Garden, an NEH on the Road touring exhibition, for First Friday September 7 from 6:00–8:00 p.m. at 2018 Baltimore in Kansas City’s Crossroads Arts District.

Frida Kahlo’s Garden transports visitors to experience Kahlo’s world as she did. The garden at Casa Azul (or Blue House), Kahlo’s lifelong home in Coyoacán, Mexico City, was a creative refuge and a source of inspiration for the artist and her husband, Diego Rivera (1886–1957). The garden, which was filled with native plants, housed Kahlo and Rivera’s collection of pre-Hispanic artifacts and folk art displayed on a four-tiered pyramid inspired by the Mesoamerican city of Teotihuacan. Often overshadowed by her husband’s career and the traumatic events in her life, this exhibition approaches Kahlo from a different angle, to broaden the discussion of the artist by focusing on the influence of her surrounding environment, both natural and nationalistic. This approach examines her garden, her home, and the revolutionary influences that impacted her life.

This exhibition preview will feature a selection of interactive materials, including a timeline, video, and a magnet station to experiment with your own plant/animal hybrids, as inspired by Kahlo’s work Portrait of Luther Burbank, 1931. The Frida Kahlo’s Garden preview will be on view for First Friday September 7 from 6:00–8:00 p.m. in M-AAA’s downstairs convening space. A more complete version of the exhibition will be supplemented with works in M-AAA’s Culture Lab gallery for First Friday October 5. Gallery hours for First Friday and by appointment only.