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The exhibit, the only North American stop on a limited world tour, opened in Phoenix in April. Already, nearly 80,000 have toured the exhibit, which has gained international attention. On Fiesta de Frida, the Heard’s First Friday event to celebrate Frida Kahlo’s birthday, a line of more than 3,000 visitors stretched from the gallery entrance, across our eight-acre campus to Central Avenue despite the 115-degree temperature outside.
The exhibit originally would have closed after Aug. 20. More than 30 works are being shown in the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Grand Gallery. The works are from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection, and include Kahlo’s Self Portrait with Monkeys and Diego on My Mind, and Rivera’s Calla Lily Vendor and Sunflowers.
“Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera has captured the attention of Phoenix, the state, and beyond,” said David M. Roche, Heard Museum director and CEO. “We hoped that people would respond to this rare opportunity and they have in numbers beyond our expectations. We are especially appreciative of the support from our presenting sponsor, Bank of America and supporting sponsor, PetSmart who made this exhibition possible.”
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