Frida in New York
Visitors to the New York Botanical Gardens will be able to stroll around Frida Kahlo's garden, peer into her studio, and get up close and personal with 14 of her paintings and works on paper when Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life opens in May 2015. It is the first solo presentation of her work in New York City in 25 years.
The exhibition, curated by Adriana Zavala, will focus on those works by Kahlo that incorporate botanical elements, but that's not the full extent of the experience the NYBG expects to offer. The conservancy will replicate the courtyard from Kahlo's home in Coyoacán in Mexico — down to the distinctive blue walls, plants native to Mexico, a scale version of the succulent-filled pyramid in the original Casa Azul, and a recreation of the iconic artist's studio.
The principal exhibition will be supplemented by photographs of Kahlo's life with Diego Rivera at La Casa Azul by her father, Guillermo Kahlo, as well as specially commissioned artwork by Humberto Spindola, who curates the plant collection at the Museo Frida Kahlo in Mexico.
Kahlo spent some time in 1933 living in New York while her husband, famed muralist Diego Riviera, fulfilled a commission at the Rockefeller Center (a mural which was destroyed before it was completed), and had her first major exhibition at the Julien Levy Gallery in the city in 1938.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art held a major exhibition of Kahlo's work in 2008.