Heard Museum to kick-off opening of two Frida Kahlo exhibits

Frida Kahlo (Submitted photo)

Frida Kahlo (Submitted photo)

Frida Kahlo loved a particular Mexican dog breed, served Chicken Escabeche and collected small pieces of ceramic art.

As two exhibits about the famed 20th century Mexican artist open Oct. 31, the Heard Museum will present examples of all three and more in a celebration of her life, her passion and her art:

  • On both Saturday, Oct. 31, and Sunday, Nov. 1, museum members will be allowed to enter the museum and be the first to see Frida Kahlo—Her Photos and Las Favoritas de Frida: Selections from the Heard Collection, at 9 a.m., ahead of the public opening time of 9:30.
  • Outside in the museum’s Central Courtyard, DJ Carl Hanni will spin Latin beats from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31.
  •  At 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31, visitors will enjoy a special pet parade featuring creatures once treasured by Ms. Kahlo. The xoloitzcuintle or “xolo” is one of the most ancient breed of dogs in the Western Hemisphere, originating in Mexico around 3,500 years ago. They were companion animals, healers, hunters, guards and bed warmers. Ms. Kahlo always had several of the hairless variety in her home. In the galleries see photos of the artist and her xolos in the Blue House courtyard in “Frida Kahlo–Her Photos” and find figurative xolos in “Las Favoritas de Frida: Selections from the Heard Collection.”
  •  The Courtyard Café’s fall menu includes a recipe for Chicken Escabeche, a dish she once served at her birthday dinner party consisting of marinated and chilled chicken breast, onions, carrots, sweet peppers, flour tortillas and peruano beans.

Museum tours are on a special schedule on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1:

  • Free public guided museum tours are offered at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Tours include the signature exhibit HOME: Native Peoples in the Southwest at 10 a.m. (Saturday only), 12 p.m. and 3 p.m., and a Highlights of the Heard tour (will not include Frida Kahlo–Her Photos) at 2 p.m.

Ms. Kahlo will be the subject of not one, but two celebrations of First Fridays at the Heard, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 6 and Dec. 4, during which the Heard offers free admission to its galleries:

  • “Frida in Focus,” Nov. 6: The night’s fun will include a special choreographed performance by Liliana Gomez inspired by Ms. Kahlo. The works of the Phoenix Fridas, a local Phoenix arts collective, will be featured in a special mercado. Dance, eat in the Courtyard Café or sign up to get your hair braided Frida-style with a $10 donation. And the Heard Museum Shop presents Hispanic painter Ruben Galicia, who will demonstrate his art 6 to 8 p.m. in the Central Courtyard.
  • “¡Fiesta con Frida!,” Dec. 4: Kick off the holidays by experiencing the flavors of Frida Kahlo’s favorite recipes. Savor an incredible, one-time only fiesta spread re-created by the Heard Museum’s Courtyard Cafe. Enjoy a mariachi band and dancing, a piñata and a Frida Foto Booth with special props of which Ms. Kahlo would have approved. Reservations are available online at heard.org with special discounted ticket prices for Heard Museum members. And Wichita jeweler Fortune Huntinghorse will be in the Heard Museum Shop from 6 to 8 p.m.

For more information on the museum visit heard.org.

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