“Although this was an incredibly difficult decision to make, we feel that this will give us the best opportunity to bring Frida’s artwork to the widest community possible, and to present her legacy in the celebratory spirit with which it has always been intended,” said McAninch Arts Center Director and “Frida Kahlo 2020” Executive Director Diana Martinez. “The decision, approved today by the COD Board of Trustees, was made in concert with our partners and stakeholders. We are very fortunate to have their support both now and in the future. We are also fortunate that the art is available to us next summer, and that we can all experience everything we planned and more in 2021.”
“This has been a challenging time for everyone, but we are inspired just as much by Frida at this moment as we have been throughout the development of the exhibition,” said exhibition Curator and Cleve Carney Museum of Art Curator, Justin Witte. “We only have to look to her to be reminded that we can persist and endure. We plan to do just that, and look forward to presenting this amazing exhibition, retitled “Frida Kahlo: Timeless,” next summer.”
Those who have purchased a ticket to “Frida Kahlo 2020” do not need to take any action. The MAC box office team will automatically move those tickets to the equivalent date in 2021. A calendar of the new dates may be viewed at theccma.org/rescheduled. Ticketholders for whom the new date does not work or who have questions may email the box office at firstname.lastname@example.org beginning April 21, 2020.
In anticipation of the exhibition, the MAC will host a series of monthly programs related to Frida Kahlo beginning this summer. More information will be announced in the coming weeks. Follow along for additional information at www.Frida2020.org and on social media @CleveCarneyMuseumofArt.
About “Frida Kahlo: Timeless”
The exhibition, on view June 5 to Sept. 6, 2021, will be the largest Frida Kahlo exhibition in the Chicago area in more than 40 years, and is hosted by the Cleve Carney Museum of Art (CCMA) and the McAninch Arts Center (MAC) at the College of DuPage (COD). It will feature a 26-piece collection on loan from the Museo Dolores Olmedo as well as a multimedia timeline, 100+ photographic images from the artist’s life, a family-friendly children’s area and a Frida Kahlo inspired 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 and related programming are organized by “Frida Kahlo: Timeless” Executive Director Diana Martinez (Director of the McAninch Arts Center) in collaboration with Justin Witte, “Frida Kahlo: Timeless” Curator (CCMA Curator). For more information, visit www.frida2020.org and on social media @CleveCarneyMuseumofArt.
The exhibition is presented by Bank of America and made possible through support from the College of DuPage Foundation, Milly and Alan Peterson, Ball Horticultural Company, Nicor Gas, Wight & Company, AeroMexico, the National Endowment for the Arts and the DuPage Foundation.
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 in the summer/fall of 2020. The museum will maintain the standards set by the American Alliance of Museums. More information can be found at www.TheCCMA.org and on social media @CleveCarneyMuseumofArt.
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 www.AtTheMAC.org or www.facebook.com/AtTheMAC for more information.