Frida Kahlo: Timeless opens on June 5, 2021 and will be the most comprehensive presentation of Kahlo’s work displayed in the Chicago area in over 40 years. Presenting 26 original artworks on loan from the Museo Dolores Olmedo in Mexico City, this multifaceted and immersive exhibition will also include “Kahlo Kids’ Corner,” a family-friendly area to welcome children who attend Frida Kahlo: Timeless with their families.
“I wanted to create a place for children to be inspired by Frida and Mexican culture in a fun and accessible way.”Frida Kahlo: Timeless Executive Director and McAninch Arts Center Director Diana Martinez
After meeting Mike Venezia, illustrator and author of over 100 Scholastic children’s books including ‘Getting to Know the World’s Great Artists,’ the inspiration for the design of the children’s area sprung to life.”
“Kahlo Kids’ Corner” will feature illustrations by Mike Venezia, illustrator and author of over 100 Scholastic children’s books including ‘Getting to Know the World’s Great Artists,’ a display of traditional Mexican dolls, and an art project designed by the illustrator where kids can try their hand at a self-portrait just like Frida. Located on the south end of the McAninch Arts Center, the room will focus on Frida’s pets, home and art. Venezia has also collaborated with the CCMA and the MAC to create “The Frida Kahlo Coloring Book,” to be available for sale at the exhibition’s gift shop.
Children will be welcomed by a large Frida Puppet and area activities will feature an animated video adaptation and collaboration by Venezia and Martinez on the life of Frida Kahlo, as well as a mural activity designed by Venezia. Wight & Company, the architectural firm charged with the expansion of the Cleve Carney Art Gallery into a museum in advance of the Frida Kahlo: Timeless exhibition, has created a model replica of Frida’s Casa Azul (Blue House) in Coyoacán, Mexico to be on display in “Kahlo Kids’ Corner.”
“Kahlo Kids’ Corner” will also host two free printmaking workshops on Tues., July 6 and Sat., Aug. 21 from 10 a.m. -2 p.m., led by printmaking collective Instituto Gráfico de Chicago. Activities are geared for pre-K through third grade. “Kahlo Kids’ Corner” is supported by Ecolab.
For updates on programming for the children’s area visit Frida2021.org.
Frida Kahlo: Timeless will be on view June 5 – Sept. 6, 2021 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. The exhibition is presented by Bank of America and made possible by the support of Ball Horticultural Company, Wight & Company, Nicor, AeroMexico, The National Endowment for the Arts, DuPage Foundation, Illinois Office of Tourism and the College of DuPage Foundation.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Frida2021.org or call 630.942.4000.
The McAninch Arts Center (the MAC)
College of DuPage
425 Fawell Boulevard
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137