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GI-50699-14

New York Botanical Garden (Bronx, NY 10458-5126)
Susan Fraser (Project Director: January 2014 to present)

Frida Kahlo's Garden: A Humanities Exhibition on Kahlo's Connection to Plants and Nature

Implementation of a traveling exhibition, public programs, tours, and a scholarly symposium that explore the intersections of nature, history, and identity in the life and work of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.

From May 16 through October 26, 2015, The New York Botanical Garden ("the Garden"/"NYBG") will present the first solo exhibition on Frida Kahlo to be mounted in New York City in more than 25 years--"Frida Kahlo's Garden." This institution-wide exhibition aims to uncover new motivations for Kahlo's work by focusing attention on the importance of plants and nature in both her painting and her life. As one of the world's premier botanical gardens, NYBG is uniquely qualified to present the first exhibition to focus on Kahlo's engagement with nature, revealing her intense interest, aesthetic appreciation, and deep knowledge of the natural world, especially Mexico's plant life. The Garden requests a $460,000 Implementation Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support an exhibition budget of $4,965,212, including a new two-year full-time position in the public humanities and travel of the show to the Denver Botanic Gardens in 2016.

Project fields:
Arts, General; Interdisciplinary Studies, Other; Latin American Studies

Program:
America's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Implementation Grants

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$460,000 (approved)
$455,593 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2014 – 7/31/2017