Arts & Entertainment
Must-See Arts & Culture: Spring 2015
by nycgo.com staff, 03/03/2015
"Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird" (1940), by Frida Kahlo. Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin. © 2014 Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
New York Botanical Garden
The New York Botanical Garden, neighbor to the Bronx Zoo, is a wonderland for everything that grows. Featuring more than a million plants on 250 acres, the Botanical Garden is a place to study and research plant-life as well explore and experience it. For starters, the annual Orchid Show, which runs until April 19, brings brilliantly colored orchids and plenty of cultural events to the garden. The theme this year is Chandeliers, so look up to see the spectacular cascading displays. In May, visitors will be treated to a solo exhibition of Frida Kahlo's works, something that hasn't happened in the City in 25 years. Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life uses the artist's keen engagement with the botanical world as a point of departure. The show will present a "reimagined" version of the garden from Kahlo's childhood home in Mexico, to which she returned in her later years, and include more than a dozen paintings and drawings, in addition to events like a daylong symposium on her partnership with Diego Rivera. Afterward, take a seasonal walk to see what's in bloom or visit the Home Gardening Center for tips to take home to your own patch of earth.