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Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Other Mexican Art at Kent Place Gallery

This exhibition, called “Wings to Fly: Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Other Mexican Voices” draws its title from these words by Frida Kahlo: “Feet, what do I need you for, when I have wings to fly?” The show will fill the gallery with a vibrant and varied constellation of art from different regions of Mexico. It will include works by well-known modern masters as well as contemporary artists, and some artists connected to a range of more ancient traditions. Artworks on display will include of black pottery, Day of the Dead art, drawings on amate paper, visionary Huichol art, wood cuts, and more.
 
Of particular note are a classic self-portrait by Frida Kahlo and a piece executed using carefully cut X-ray films by Oaxacan artist Fransisco Toledo. Toledo passed away on September 6, 2019, at the age of 79. The multi-talented and influential Toledo was, according to his recent New York Times obituary, was regarded by many as Mexico’s greatest living artist.
 
“Wings to Fly,” coincides with Kent Place School’s fall 2019 LatinX Night Expo.
 
“The peoples of the different regions of Mexico have deep artistic traditions,” said Kent Place Gallery director Ken Weathersby. “Through specific methods of using materials or symbols, continuities of meaning have been created over long expanses of time. In some cases, images and ideas have been brought back and rediscovered in altered contexts, blended with different traditions and given fresh meanings. Also, there are independent, original discoveries — new styles and ideas emerging in a modern or contemporary context. Each piece in this show was curated exclusively from the collections of Kent Place families. We are grateful for their generosity.”
 
Kent Place Gallery is on the campus of Kent Place School, 42 Norwood Avenue, Summit, NJ. Gallery hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday when school is in session. For more information, call (908) 273-0900.
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