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Viva Frida! UNLV Barrick Museum Exhibit to Honor Famed Mexican Folk Artist Frida Kahlo

The Barrick Museum is to present an exhibition of revolutionary Mexican folk artist Frida Kahlo, open Oct. 27 through Dec. 18; opening reception Oct. 27 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. .

Discover one of Mexico’s most famous artists through images and reproductions of her renowned paintings. Frida Kahlo – recognized as both a pre-eminent folk artist and as the wife of Mexican muralist Diego Rivera – has grown in popularity since her death in the 1950s to become a cultural icon and arguably the face of the Mexican folk art movement.

This exhibit, presented by the Consulate of Mexico in Las Vegas and co-sponsored by the UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum, includes images of Kahlo’s art and life and offers a unique glimpse into the mind of one of the most influential artists of the 20th century.

Also on display will be pieces from the Barrick Museum’s Pre-Colombian and Ethnographic Art Collection that are directly reflected in Frida’s painting. She and her husband were avid collectors and this influence can be seen in the subject matter and style of her paintings.

The exhibition opens just days before Frida’s beloved holiday, the Day of the Dead. To commemorate this holiday, several University student groups will be creating ofrendas (altars to honor the memory of the dead) in the exhibit hall.

The museum will host a family day from 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 20, during which children can design their own version of a Frida Kahlo portrait – and their own self portrait – while listening to a bilingual reading of the story of Frida’s life and work.

Image: Barrick Museum

Founded in 1969, the Marjorie Barrick Museum at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, is dedicated to promoting a better understanding of life — past and present — in the American Southwest, Mesoamerica and their environs through the acquisition, maintenance and interpretation of collections, as well as through exhibitions, research, programs, and publications. By fostering academic research, creating educational programs, and through community engagement, the Museum strives to promote an appreciation of the rich heritage and diverse cultures of these regions, as well as an awareness of our place along a historical continuum of cultural exchange and environmental adaptation.

University of Nevada, Las Vegas
UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum
Box 4009
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154-4009
Phone: 702-895-3381
Fax: 702-895-5737

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