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So You Think You Know Frida Kahlo?


Vivid painting of a desert landscape, which is divided in half by day and night, and two women in the foreground—one seated wearing an elaborate red dress, the other lying on a cart nude, wounded, and wrapped in a white sheet

Frida Kahlo, Arbol de la Esperanza (Tree of Hope), 1946\. Oil on Masonite; 22 x 16 in. (55.9 x 40.6 cm). Private collection, Chicago. © 2014 Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D. F./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Photo: Nathan Keay © MCA Chicago
A smiling woman in a brown long-sleeve shirt and pants leans against a white bureau, behind a table stacked with books.

Hayden Herrera

Photo by: Suzanna Finley
A muscular man with receding hairline and a gray goatee sits, hands folded, looking at the camera at the camera, expressionless.

Doug Ischar

Photo: John Neff


Art historian Hayden Herrera, author of Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo, discusses the Mexican artist's life and work with a focus on Kahlo's legacy, seen in the themes presented in Unbound: Contemporary Art After Frida Kahlo. A conversation in the galleries with Hayden Herrera, artist Doug Ischar, and art historian Debra Mancoff follows the talk.