Frida Kahlo has come to Chicago! See Frida Kahlo: Timeless and view 26 works of art, enjoy the kids area, and learn about Frida's life.

 

Have you heard? Frida Kahlo is here in the Chicago area! From June 5th to September 6, 2021 come with the family to view Frida Kahlo: Timeless. Frida’s work hasn’t been seen in over 40 years so saying this is a big deal is an understatement! The exhibit showcases a 26-piece collection of original works by Frida Kahlo on loan from the Museo Dolores Olmedo, but that’s not all. Follow a historical timeline of Frida’s life including major circumstances and events that helped shaped Frida into beloved icon.  Step into a Frida-inspired garden and see photographs from her time. And yes, kids are totally welcome here with their own kids area! Read all about our visit then make sure to get your tickets too.

 

Getting started at Frida Kahlo: Timeless

Cleve Carney Museum of Art is located in the McAninch Arts Center (MAC) on the College of DuPage campus located on the northeast end of campus. We parked in the free lot directly in front of the MAC (look for the bright sign) in lot Fawell A.

Tip: If you’re bringing kids, make sure to pick up a Family Guide. Super helpful!

Safety precautions

  • Masks are required and temperatures are taken at the entrance.
  • All attendees will be ticketed in 15 minute increments to ensure no more than 50 people are in the space at the time.
  • The exhibition is designed for one-way traffic, and the social distancing markers are quite helpful!
  • There are hand-sanitizing stations at the doors and also Lucite barriers have been installed at the box office.

Learn about Frida Kahlo

When we walked in, a short video about Frida was playing. We then proceeded to the next area which followed Frida’s timeline. It was a great way to learn more about Frida and see how the events and circumstances shaped who she would become.

Tip: Follow the arrows as it also helps you make the best out of your experience!

Important objects

Following along the timeline, we also saw replicas of notable objects from Kahlo’s life like Frida’s bed or her corsets or my personal favorite, the bright and colorful dresses that she wore.

Frida Kahlo has come to Chicago! See Frida Kahlo: Timeless and view 26 works of art, enjoy the kids area, and learn about Frida's life.

The Art of Frida Kahlo

I couldn’t wait for the next area – Frida’s original artwork!  As we viewed the 26 pieces of art, the kids and I chatted about how we thought Frida felt as she was creating it. She definitely showed her emotions on canvas! I only wish they had a few more of her more popular pieces. Nevertheless, it was pretty amazing seeing these in person.

Note: Photos aren’t allowed here, but here are a few that we enjoyed.

Frida Kahlo, The Mask

Frida Kahlo, The Bus

Photographs

The next area we saw over 100 photographic images from the artist’s life with Diego, family, and friends.

Frida Kahlo has come to Chicago! See Frida Kahlo: Timeless and view 26 works of art, enjoy the kids area, and learn about Frida's life.

Diego’s silly side

Tres Fridas Project

Tres Fridas is a collaboration between 3 disabled artists who were influenced by Frida. Together, they made recreations of famous paintings. Pretty cool work!

 

Fun for the kids

Make sure to bring the kids to the colorful Kids Corner specifically made for little Frida lovers!  This was a collab with Mike Venezia, an illustrator and author (and Chicagoland local!)

“I wanted to create a place for children to be inspired by Frida and Mexican culture in a fun and accessible way,” said 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.”

We peeked inside a model of Casa Azul, Frida’s blue house in Mexico that was an important part of her life. Afterwards, we then walked into the glass room where we were greeted by the larger-than-life Frida puppet and saw a collection of traditional Mexican dolls. No doubt, the main highlight for the kids was the chance to make their own self-portrait.

Model of Casa Azul

Frida Kahlo has come to Chicago! See Frida Kahlo: Timeless and view 26 works of art, enjoy the kids area, and learn about Frida's life.

Frida Kahlo has come to Chicago! See Frida Kahlo: Timeless and view 26 works of art, enjoy the kids area, and learn about Frida's life.

Tip: Make sure to watch the video in the kids area – it’s so informative and gives a great overview of Frida’s life.

Save the date: “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.

Frida Kahlo Garden

We stepped outdoors to the garden and found a pyramid similar to the one that Frida had in her own garden with plants and flowers that were found in her paintings. This was also the perfect spot to get fresh air.

Gift Shop

On the way out, we couldn’t resist stopping by the gift shop. They have Mike Venezio’s book as well as a coloring book that he created.

Looking for more Frida Kahlo fun?

This summer the Chicagoland area has gone all Frida! Here are other things to do or spots to visit to add to your Frida experience

  • Head to Downtown Glen Ellyn to participate in a Frida scavenger hunt, find Frida planters, and of course, the awesome Frida mural! (More on this later!)

  • Downtown Wheaton will also have special Frida events and painted windows to commemorate the artist.
  • Discover DuPage has a comprehensive list of all Frida fun!
  • Frida Kahlo self-portraits will be featured in Art on theMART Summer Series.
Address: 425 Fawell Blvd, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
When: June 5 – September 6, 2021 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday through Wednesday and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday
Cost: $23 for a timed ticket; $40 for an untimed ticket
Looking for more fun in the summer? Check out this 2021 Ultimate summer Chicago area bucket list!
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