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!
- 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!
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.
The next area we saw over 100 photographic images from the artist’s life with Diego, family, and friends.
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.
Tip: Make sure to watch the video in the kids area – it’s so informative and gives a great overview of Frida’s life.
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.
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.