October 26, 2021

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Why COD’s blockbuster Frida Kahlo art exhibition is very good for the location

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Following far more than two yrs of anticipation, “Frida Kahlo: Timeless” lastly has arrived at the School of DuPage.

The exhibition, which opened past weekend at the Glen Ellyn school’s Cleve Carney Museum of Artwork, attributes 26 initial items spanning the job of the famed Mexican artist and cultural icon. The drawings and paintings — on mortgage from the Museo Dolores Olmedo in Mexico — signify the greatest selection of Kahlo works shown in the Chicago region since 1978.

It couldn’t have come at a much better time.

We’ve invested most of the last 12 months entertaining ourselves at residence. Our beloved suburban fairs and festivals ended up canceled, postponed or scaled back again because of COVID-19 constraints. Even the Kahlo exhibition’s original summer months 2020 opening date was pushed back due to the pandemic.

Now the statewide reopening is prepared for Friday. What greater way to rejoice than to practical experience a blockbuster exhibition right here in the suburbs?

“With the state opening up, the timing is perfect for financial influence to definitely consider flight, and that’s excellent for all of us,” Diana Martinez, the director of COD’s McAninch Arts Center, mentioned recently.

Nearby business enterprise homeowners are completely ready for Fridamania.

Previous week, reporter Katlyn Smith wrote about how dozens of storefronts in downtown Glen Ellyn and Wheaton are adorned in honor of the Kahlo exhibition. Restaurants and outlets are giving specific menu products and souvenirs to the influx of Kahlo admirers.

DuPage County tourism officials estimate that nearly $8 million will be infused into the local economic system during the Kahlo exhibition’s 3-thirty day period run. That money represents paying on eating, overnight lodging, transportation, Kahlo-themed items and new work opportunities established, Smith described.

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What is in particular thrilling is that COD is preparing for attendance to exceed 100,000 persons.

Beth Marchetti, executive director of the DuPage Conference & People Bureau, states the county has promoted the clearly show internationally due to the fact it was formally introduced in November 2018.

In the latest years, folks have had to vacation to Mexico — or to exhibitions in Budapest, Milan and Moscow — to view Kahlo’s functions from the Olmedo selection.

Martinez explained persons are coming from 48 states and 6 countries to check out “Frida Kahlo: Timeless.”

That usually means site visitors from throughout the country and all over the world will get to see firsthand what suburban Chicago has to give. So, although the star of the present is unquestionably Kahlo and her artwork, Glen Ellyn and bordering cities also are on display. And which is very good for all of us.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

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