SUMMIT, NJ - An exhibition of Mexican art -- entitled 'Wings to Fly: Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Other Mexican Voices' -- is currently on display at the Kent Place Gallery through October 25. The show draws its title from these words by Frida Kahlo: “Feet, what do I need you for, when I have wings to fly?," and will fill the Gallery with a vibrant and varied constellation of art from different regions of Mexico.
'Wings to Fly' 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, located at 42 Norwood Avenue, Summit, NJ. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, when school is in session. For more information, call 908-273-0900 or visit kentplace.org.