Cleve Carney Museum of Art and The MAC celebrate Frida Kahlo's 113th birthday July 6
The Cleve Carney Museum of Art and McAninch Arts Center will celebrate the 113th birthday of the iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo with a drive-by birthday party from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 6, at 425 Fawell Blvd. on the College of DuPage campus in Glen Ellyn.
The first 50 people to drive by will receive a bundtlet from Nothing Bundt Cake individually wrapped with a quote by Frida Kahlo, known for her profound and sometimes humorous commentary on life.
Participants are encouraged to dress up in Frida-inspired clothing, flower crowns and accessories, with the best costume winning a $25 gift certificate to a local restaurant.
The acclaimed Mariachi Monumental de México who wowed the crowd at the MAC's "Frida Fest" celebration this past September, will provide musical entertainment with a joyful rendition of "Las Mañanitas," the traditional song Mexicans sing to honor one on their birthday and more, and the event will feature a balloon arch as well as a special larger than life Frida Kahlo surprise that needs to be seen to be believed.
In honor of Kahlo, CCMA will also be offering patrons a one-day $6 discount to kick off the on-sale of tickets to the upcoming landmark exhibition "Frida Kahlo: Timeless," running June 5 to Sept. 6, 2021. Discount will be available online only at Frida2021.org with code FRIDA6. (Note: July 6 discount is available online only. The box office on campus will not be open. Offer is not retroactive, cannot be combined with other offers and does not apply to gift cards. Based on availability. Offer expires on July 6 at 11:59 p.m. CST.)
"We don't typically discount our tickets, but Frida's birthday is a special opportunity for a celebration," said Diana Martinez, MAC Director and "Frida Kahlo: Timeless" Executive Director. "We hope the community and Frida fans will be able to join us for this fun, socially distanced drive-by birthday party to both commemorate Frida and get excited about the exhibition coming next year."
The highly anticipated upcoming exhibition, "Frida Kahlo: Timeless," will run June 5 to Sept. 6, 2021. A comprehensive presentation of Kahlo's life and works, it 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.
For more information about the Frida Kahlo birthday celebration or to buy tickets to the exhibition, visit Frida2021.org.
The late Cleve Carney provided a significant legacy gift to establish the Cleve Carney Art Gallery at College of DuPage. The gallery opened in February 2014 with its inaugural exhibition Selections from Cleve Carney's Art Collection. The gallery has expanded 2,500 square-foot museum, is now the Cleve Carney Museum of Art. More information can be found at TheCCMA.org or by calling (630) 942-3206.
The McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage has presented theater, music, dance and visual art to more than 1.5 million people since its opening in 1986. For more information visit AtTheMAC.org.