It’s been 36 years (1978) since the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Chicago presented world renowned Mexican surrealist artist Frida Kahlo’s first solo museum exhibition in the United States. “Unbound: Contemporary Art After Frida Kahlo,” a show presented by the institution that presents two of Kahlo’s rarely seen portraits, La Venadita and The Tree of Hope, in dialogue with artworks by 30 international artists working today, including Sanford Biggers, Nan Goldin and Cindy Sherman.
As described by the MCA:
The selected artists in this exhibition share Kahlo’s spirit of rebellion and similarly assert themselves against the patriarchy as they insert their voices into dominant artistic discourses. This exhibition highlights four themes in Kahlo’s paintings to examine their continued relevance to international artists: the performance of gender, issues of national identity, the political body, and the absent or traumatized body. The exhibition includes work by: Francis Alÿs and Enrique Huerta, Margot Bergman, Sanford Biggers, Louise Bourgeois, Martin Soto Climent, Eugenio Dittborn, Yang Fudong, Julio Galan, Nan Goldin, Thomas Houseago, Frida Kahlo, Nelson Leirner, José Leonilson, Ana Mendieta, Beatriz Milhazes, Donald Moffett, Celia Alvarez Muñoz, Wangechi Mutu, Shirin Neshat, Helio Oiticica, Catherine Opie, Gabriel Orozco, Angel Otero, Jack Pierson, Rosângela Rennó, Daniela Rossell, Doris Salcedo, Cindy Sherman, Lorna Simpson, and Valeska Soares.
Exhibit is on view through October 5th. For more details, visit the MCA Chicago.