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Glen Ellyn gallery at COD to open online ticketing for 'Frida Kahlo 2020'

Major art event headed to College of DuPage

GLEN ELLYN – The Cleve Carney Museum of Art and the McAninch Arts Center at the College of DuPage will host one of the largest private collections of original artworks by Frida Kahlo in a multifaceted exhibition titled "Frida Kahlo 2020." Online tickets were set to go on sale beginning at 10 a.m. Dec. 10 for the show presented by Bank of America.

The exhibit will open June 1 and will be the most comprehensive presentation of Kahlo’s work displayed in the Chicago area in over 40 years, a news release stated.

Timed entry tickets, which reserve a specific date and time for exhibition viewing, cost $18, excluding online and handling fees. Untimed entry tickets, which allow visitors flexibility to pick a date and view the exhibition any time during that day’s regularly scheduled hours, are $35, excluding fees. Untimed entry tickets have been available for purchase in person at the box office or by phone at 630-942-4000.

The exhibition will display a 26-piece collection of original works by Kahlo, on loan from the Museo Dolores Olmedo, featuring an array of oil paintings and works on paper spanning the artist’s life. The Mexican artist is foundational to the 20th century art historical canon. Best known for self-portraits highlighting themes of identity, politics, sexuality and death, Kahlo channeled her childhood and personal struggles into her art and became an iconic figure and symbol of female empowerment, individual courage and Mexican pride.

Alongside the 26 original works, the multifaceted and immersive exhibition features a multimedia timeline with more than 100 photographic images from the artist’s life, a video presentation, reproductions of Kahlo’s clothing, a family-friendly children’s area, and a poetry garden designed by Ball Horticultural Company – enabling museum-goers of all ages to grasp an understanding of Kahlo’s life and work through a variety of contexts. The exhibition is curated by CCMA Director and Curator Justin Witte, with programming directed by MAC Director Diana Martinez.

“The work in this collection maps the arc of Frida Kahlo’s exceptional life and career,” Witte stated in the release. “Kahlo and her work were so interconnected that it is impossible to separate one from the other. That is also why her presence is still strongly felt in every piece in this exhibition. For exhibition visitors to have the opportunity to experience Kahlo’s life and work in the intimate and unique setting of the Cleve Carney Museum of Art will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

"Frida Kahlo 2020" will be on view June 1 to Aug. 31 – from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week, staying open late until 10 p.m. Thursdays. All tickets are set to be available in person, online or by phone beginning Dec. 10. The exhibition is presented by Bank of America and made possible by the support of Ball Horticultural Company, Wight & Company, AeroMexico and the College of DuPage Foundation. For more ticket information, visit frida2020.org or call 630-642-4000.

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