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Call of the wild: Kahlo's innovative influence explored in new MCA show

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With a personal life as powerful as her work, Frida Kahlo is arguably one of the most popular figures in the world of art. Her influence on today’s artists is explored in Unbound: Contemporary Art After Frida Kahlo at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Chicago.

No stranger to Kahlo’s legacy, MCA launched Kahlo's first solo U.S. museum exhibition in 1978. Its upcoming show features two of the works included in that original exhibition among other pieces by Kahlo.

MCA Curator Julie Rodrigues Widholm and Marjorie Susman, Curatorial Fellow Abigail Winograd, selected additional works from the MCA’s collection and private collections to position Kahlo’s impact on Francis Alÿs and Enrique Huerta, Margot Bergman, Sanford Biggers, Louise Bourgeois, Martin Soto Climent, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Eugenio Dittborn, Yang Fudong, Julio Galan, Nan Goldin, Thomas Houseago, Nelson Leirner, José Leonilson, Ana Mendieta, Beatriz Milhazes, Donald Moffett, Celia Alvarez Muñoz, Wangechi Mutu, Shirin Neshat, Helio Oiticica, Catherine Opie, Gabriel Orozco, Angel Otero, Jack Pierson, Rosângela Rennó, Daniela Rossell, Doris Salcedo, Cindy Sherman, Lorna Simpson, and Valeska Soares.

Unbound: Contemporary Art After Frida Kahlo will be on display from May 3 to October 5, 2014 at MCA Chicago on 220 E. Chicago Avenue. At noon on Tuesday, May 27, the curators will lead a tour of the exhibition. For more information, visit


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