Frida Kahlo’s Garden
April 6-May 25, Daily (10 a.m.-4 p.m.)
Powell Gardens is proud to be the only Kansas City venue for this exhibition celebrating the natural inspirations behind the artistic expression of the world-renown artist, Frida Kahlo (1907–1954). Visitors to this exhibition will explore iconic photographs of the artist and the garden at Casa Azul (or Blue House), Kahlo’s lifelong home in Coyoacán, Mexico City, which was a creative refuge and a source of inspiration for the artist and her husband, Diego Rivera (1886–1957). Visitors can view reproductions of several of her paintings and explore the native Mexican plants grown in her garden whose colorful renditions are found in many of her famous works. Additional information about Mexican culture and tradition, including festivities, food and drink, and agricultural practices will be available to view as well as significant objects such as a dress from the Mexican state of Oaxaca where Kahlo sourced much of her attire, and examples of folk art collected by Kahlo and her husband.
This exhibition is made possible by NEH on the Road, a special initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Frida Kahlo’s Garden is adapted from the exhibition, FRIDA KAHLO: ART, GARDEN, LIFE, organized by guest curator Adriana Zavala at The New York Botanical Garden. It was made possible with major funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Karen Katen Foundation, The LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust, MetLife Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and Gillian and Robert Steel. It was adapted and toured for NEH on the Road by the Mid-America Arts Alliance.
Frida Style: Exhibition Premiere
Saturday, April 6, 6-10 p.m.
Join us for the Kansas City premiere of Frida Kahlo’s Garden, a traveling exhibition on view exclusively at Powell Gardens. This ticketed event features live music, cocktails, and food inspired by indigenous Mexican cuisine. Enjoy a performance by Kansas City playwright and actress Vanessa Severo, who portrays Frida Kahlo in Frida: A Self Portrait (performed at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre beginning April 19), a hands-on painting activity facilitated by Kansas City artist Vania Soto, and an exhibition walk-through with Kansas City chef Renee Kelly who will discuss the culinary side of Kahlo’s work. are part of the event.
$50/per person (includes one specialty cocktail, cash bar available)
SAGES: Frida Kahlo’s Garden
Thursday, April 11, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Learn about the important influence of flora and fauna on Frida Kahlo’s art and daily life. This illustrated talk, presented by Stephanie Fox Knappe, Samuel Sosland Curator of American Art at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, will provide biographical details and highlights of Kahlo’s fascinating career with special attention paid to her relationship with plants and their impact on her artistic expression. Stephanie Fox Knappe holds a doctoral degree in art history from University of Kansas. At KU, Knappe taught several courses in addition to serving as acting curator of European and American painting and sculpture at the Spencer Museum of Art before joining the curatorial staff at the Nelson-Atkins where she curated the exhibition Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Masterpieces of Modern Mexico from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection.
Location: Powell Gardens Visitor Center
$35/per person (includes a box lunch following the lecture)
Workshop: Succulent Containers
Saturday, April 13, 9 a.m.-noon
This hands-on opportunity will provide you with basic information about the identification, care, and propagation of various succulents. Using inspiration from the plants featured in the exhibition, Frida Kahlo’s Garden (on view exclusively at Powell Gardens) participants will design a small container to take home.
Instructor: Tyler Smith
Location: Powell Gardens Visitor Center