Tickets are now on sale for “Frida Kahlo 2020,” a multifaceted exhibition of one of the largest private collections of original artwork by Frida Kahlo, coming exclusively to the Cleve Carney Museum of Art at the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage in June 2020.
One of the most comprehensive presentations of Kahlo’s work in the Chicago area in more than 40 years, “Frida Kahlo 2020” will run through August 2020 on the College’s Glen Ellyn campus, 425 Fawell Blvd.
The 26-piece collection, on loan from the Museo Dolores Olmedo, features an array of oil paintings and works on paper spanning the life of Kahlo, a Mexican artist foundational to the 20th century art historical canon. Best known for self-portraits highlighting themes of identity, politics, sexuality and death, Kahlo channeled her childhood and personal struggles into her art and became an iconic figure and symbol of female empowerment, individual courage and Mexican pride.
The exhibition includes pivotal pieces created throughout the artist’s life, including 19 oil paintings, representing one eighth of the total number of Kahlo paintings in existence. Works from Kahlo’s early life follow a period when the artist was left bedridden for months after surviving a life-altering bus accident at the age of 18 and span her lifetime, concluding with a work completed the year of her death.
“The work in this collection maps the arc of Frida Kahlo’s exceptional life and career,” said CCMA Director and Curator Justin Witte. “Frida Kahlo and her work were so interconnected that it is impossible to separate one from the other. That is also why her presence is still strongly felt in every piece in this exhibition. For exhibition visitors to have the opportunity to experience Kahlo’s life and work in the intimate and unique setting of the Cleve Carney Museum of Art will be a once in a lifetime experience.”
Alongside the 26-original works, this multifaceted and immersive exhibition features a multimedia timeline with more than 100 photographic images from the artist’s life, a video presentation, reproductions of Kahlo’s clothing, a family-friendly children’s area, and a poetry garden designed by Ball Horticultural Company enabling museum-goers of all ages to grasp an understanding of Kahlo’s life and work through a variety of contexts. The exhibition is curated by CCMA Director and Curator Justin Witte with programming directed by MAC Director Diana Martinez.
“Frida was very much a person of the people and this intimate, educational showcase brings works never before seen in the Chicago area to DuPage County,” she said.
"Frida Kahlo 2020" will be on view June 1 to Aug. 31, 2020 during the hours of 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday; and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday. Timed Entry Tickets, which reserve a specific date and time for exhibition viewing, are $18 (plus online and handling fees). Untimed Entry Tickets, which allow visitors flexibility to pick a date and view the exhibition any time during that day’s regularly scheduled hours, are $35. All tickets are available in-person, online or by phone.
The exhibition is presented by Bank of America and made possible by the support of Ball Horticultural Company, Wight & Company, AeroMexico and the College of DuPage Foundation.
For more ticket information, visit frida2020.org or call (630) 942-4000.