By ANDRE CHAVIRA
Broadway set designer Scott Pask discussed inspiration when he previewed an upcoming Frida Kahlo exhibit during a Pima Community College reception.
“This is very special for Tucson, and a very special collaboration as it’s the first that the New York Botanical Gardens has ever had” Pask said during an interview before the presentation.
After record-breaking attendance during a New York exhibition, Tucson Botanical Gardens partnered with PCC to have Pask bring the Kahlo exhibit to Tucson. The exhibit will provide a look into Frida Kahlo’s famous Casa Azul.
PCC hosted a reception April 22 at the Pima District Office to bring together the community and give insight into the construction and inspiration of the exhibit.
The theme of “Welcome Home” will be highlighted by bringing the Tucson community into the house of one of the most celebrated artists in history.
During the exhibit there will be a two week installment period which will close off the wildflower garden. The unveiling of the exhibit takes place opening night.
Tucson will be the second and final stop of the continuation of the New York Botanical Garden’s celebration of Kahlo’s first solo exhibition in over 25 years.
Patricia Houston, PCC acting vice president of instruction for Downtown Campus, explained that along with celebrating Kahlo’s work this event serves as a tool that has brought many different parts of the Tucson community together.
“Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life” will open on Oct. 10 and will remain open until May 16 at the Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way.
For more information on Pask’s Frida-inspired work, visit nybg.org/frida.