The exhibition, presented by Bank of America, will open June 1, 2020 and will be the most comprehensive presentation of Kahlo’s work displayed in the Chicago area in over 40 years.
Tickets for the Frida Kahlo 2020 go on sale online for the first time beginning 10 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 10. Timed Entry Tickets, which reserve a specific date and time for exhibition viewing, are $18 (excludes 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 (excludes online or handling fees). Untimed Entry Tickets are currently available for purchase in person only at the box office or by phone at 630.942.4000.
“The greatest gift one can give during the holidays is a memorable experience,” says MAC Director Diana Martinez. “We are happy to provide shoppers the perfect opportunity to purchase tickets to the extraordinary Frida Kahlo 2020 exhibition, be it a gift for a friend or a gift for themselves.”
The exhibition will display a 26-piece collection of original works by Kahlo, on loan from the Museo Dolores Olmedo, featuring an array of oil paintings and works on paper spanning the artist’s life, 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.
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 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.
“The work in this collection maps the arc of Frida Kahlo’s exceptional life and career,” said Cleve Carney Museum of Art Director and Curator Justin Witte. “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.”
Frida Kahlo 2020 will be on view June 1 – August 31, 2020 during the hours of 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday; and 10 a.m. -10 p.m. Thursday. All tickets will be available in-person, online or by phone beginning Dec. 10. Timed Entry Tickets, which reserve a specific date and time for exhibition viewing, are $18 (excludes 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. 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 630.642.4000.
About the Cleve Carney Museum of Art
The late Cleve Carney provided a significant legacy gift to establish the Cleve Carney Art Gallery at College of DuPage. The gallery opened in February 2014 with its inaugural exhibition Selections from Cleve Carney’s Art Collection. The gallery will be expanding to a 2,500 square-foot museum, the Cleve Carney Museum of Art, scheduled to open June 2020 with its inaugural exhibition Frida Kahlo 2020. The museum will maintain the standards set by the American Alliance of Museums. More information can be found at TheCCMA.org or by calling 630.942.3206.
About the MAC
The McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage is located 25 miles west of Chicago near I-88 and I-355. It houses three indoor performance spaces (the 780-seat proscenium Belushi Performance Hall; the 236-seat soft-thrust Playhouse Theatre; and the versatile black box Studio Theatre), the outdoor Lakeside Pavilion, plus the Cleve Carney Museum of Art and classrooms for the college’s academic programming. The MAC has presented theater, music, dance and visual art to more than 1.5 million people since its opening in 1986 and typically welcomes more than 100,000 patrons from the greater Chicago area to more than 230 performances each season.
The mission of the MAC is to foster enlightened educational and performance opportunities, which encourage artistic expression, establish a lasting relationship between people and art, and enrich the cultural vitality of the community. Visit AtTheMAC.org or facebook.com/AtTheMAC for more information.