What: Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life Where: New York Botanical Gardens, New York, NY When: May 16, 2015 to November 1, 2015 Why: Not only will this exhibition of paintings and works on paper mine the artist's relationship with the natural world in Mexico, a flower show will reimagine Kahlo's studio and garden at the Casa Azul (Blue House) in Coyoacán, Mexico City.
Kahlo made liberal use of heavy terra cotta pots in her garden. They were often placed on concrete or stone retaining walls and usually contained a single specimen plant. This is radically different from the now fashionable practice of filling a container with many plants of different colors and textures. A single plant in a pot looks more like a sculpture and works especially well for cacti, succulents, and other desert plants such as agave and yucca.