• Chandler Kowaliczko

An In-Depth Look At: Frida Kahlo’s Garden

From January 29 through March 16, the Frida Kahlo’s Garden exhibition will be open to the public for free at Four Rivers Environmental Education Center in Channahon, IL. This is the exhibitions second location, beginning a tour lasting 5 years long across the United States. Here is a more in-depth look at the displays this exhibition has to offer:

The first display you see upon entering the Illinois River Grand Hall. It contains a video explaining the life of artist Frida Kahlo. She was born on July 6, 1907 in Coyoacán, Mexico City, and lived there for most of her life.

The back of the first display. It is meant to resemble Aztec ruins.

A hands-on display of a traditional Mexican kitchen. Included are native fruits and vegetables, Ibarra hot chocolate and traditional Mexican recipes.

Details of the hands-on display of a traditional Mexican kitchen.

A reproduction of Frida Kahlo in front of a cactus fence. The organ cactus is native to central Mexico and is cultivated all over the country. They are often used as fencing around the perimeter of houses in Mexico City.

An interactive magnetic display challenging visitors to combine elements of people, animals and plants into hybrid forms.

A replica of Frida Kahlo’s desk from her studio in Mexico City. Her studio overlooked the garden which she drew inspiration from for her artwork.

Details of the replica of Frida Kahlo’s desk.

A reproduction of a cactus fence similar to ones at Frida Kahlo’s home and studio in Mexico City.

An overview of the Frida Kahlo’s Garden exhibition.

A reproduction of Frida Kahlo painting Me and my Parrots.

Details of a handmade Tehuantepec dress. This ensemble displays the type of dress and accessories Frida Kahlo wore. She was known for wearing floral patterns and jewelry with pre-Hispanic motifs.

A Day of the Dead display. Día de Muertos is a Mexican holiday celebrating the lives of deceased loved ones. Ofrendas, or altars, are put on tombstones in cemeteries, honoring the lives of the dead.

An altar dedicated to Frida Kahlo. She died on July 13, 1954 from a pulmonary embolism.

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