Frida Kahlo, Self - Portrait with small Monkey, 1945 (Oil on Masonite). Collection Museo Dolores Olmedo, Xochimilco, Mexico. © 2019 Banco de México, Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico City, Mexico.

Works on loan from the Dolores Olmedo Museum Collection.
June 1st - August 31st, 2020

“Nothing is absolute. Everything changes, everything moves,
everything revolves, everything flies and goes away.”

- Frida Kahlo

The Cleve Carney Art Gallery at the McAninch Arts Center in partnership with College of DuPage, is pleased to announce an exhibition of works by Frida Kahlo coming to the Glen Ellyn campus in the Summer of 2020. This comprehensive presentation of the life and works of the artist Frida Kahlo will feature 26 original pieces as well as an immersive historical exhibit that provides a framework of the life, circumstances and events that led to Kahlo becoming one of the most important painters of the 20th century and of our time.

Frida Kahlo 2020 considers the many elements at play in Kahlo’s work. The complexities of Kahlo’s paintings can not be fully understood or appreciated without insight into her person and the worlds she was a part of. Specifically the role of Mexico City as a center of international art and culture in the early and middle 20th century, as well as Kahlo’s lifelong refusal to allow illness to restrict her diverse and intense passions. In many ways, Kahlo’s painting, politics and identity were ahead of her time, and echo the zeitgeist of today. Kahlo explained that she “painted her reality”, this exhibition hopes to provide insight into that reality while allowing the viewer intimate access to her fantastic world.

This exhibition is made possible through the support from the College of DuPage Foundation the generous spirit of Milly and Alan Peterson, founding community members of College of DuPage and lifetime patrons of the McAninch Arts Center. 

Works on loan from the Dolores Olmedo Museum Collection.

Works on loan from the Dolores Olmedo Museum Collection.


Frida Kahlo 2020 offers two types of tickets: Untimed Entry Tickets ($35*) and Timed Tickets (on sale December 7th). With Untimed Entry Tickets, visitors select a date, and have the flexibility of entering the exhibition at any time during that day's regularly scheduled exhibition hours. With Timed Entry Tickets, visitors reserve a specific date and time for exhibition viewing.

Principle Contacts:

Curator: Justin Witte, wittej259@cod.edu, 630-942-3206
Associate Curator: Marcela Andrade Serment, 630-942-2321

Programming and Events
Director of McAninch Arts Center: Diana Martinez, Martinezd59@cod.edu, 630-942-3007

Development and Sponsorship
College of DuPage Foundation: Karen Kuhn, Karen.kuhn@codfound.org, 630-942-2698