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Frida Rediscovered - The Lost Images Exhibit Opens May 8 at Destination Fridays: Cinco de Mayo Event at AARLCC

DATE: April 18, 2015
MEDIA CONTACT: Della Attisani 
Steve Vinik
PHONE: 954-357-6190

BROWARD COUNTY, FL  -  Cinco de Mayo is the Destination Fridays event for May 8, 2015, scheduled for  6:30 to 9:30PM at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC), 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311. The event will include two unique talks and a special gallery exhibit, Frida Rediscovered - The Lost Images, together with a slide presentation of a cache of photos from the archives of photographer Leo Matiz (1917-1998). Adrienne Chadwick, Museum Educator for NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, will discuss the blockbuster show Kahlo, Rivera + Mexican Modern Art. Both Frida Rediscovered - The Lost Images at AARLCC and  Kahlo, Rivera + Mexican Modern Art at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale will run concurrently until May 31.

Destination Fridays is an after-hours event for ages 21-plus. However, Frida Rediscovered - The Lost Images, which is free and open to the public, will be on display for all ages during AARLCC's regular hours.

Mali Parkerson and Valentina Garcia, international art consultants and partners of the cutting-edge Miami gallery, m+v Art, will install recently discovered images of Frida Kahlo in AARLCC's gallery. The photographs are the work of modern master Leo Matiz, photographer for Life magazine and the United Nations, and a personal friend of surrealist Frida Kahlo and her husband, muralist Diego Rivera.

Parkerson and Garcia will tell the story of the amazing find of Matiz negatives and show additional images from the cache in a slide presentation, seen only once before in the United States. In addition, they are presenting a second cache of images of recently discovered Kahlo items, illustrated in Matiz colorized photos of Kahlo's wardrobe and most personal effects, never before shown anywhere. The second group of images are from the contents of a mysterious room in Kahlo's home that her husband sealed upon her death in 1954. This room was recently opened for the first time in 58 years.

Known equally for the art she created and the art she wore, Kahlo is renowned as a fashion icon for her extravagant Mexicana ethnic fashion and jewelry, as well as her fashion-forward androgynous attire. The discovery of Kahlo's extraordinary items of personal style and cultural heritage fashion resulted in a collaborative exhibit between Vogue magazine and the Frida Kahlo Museum in Mexico, Appearances Can Be Deceiving: The Dresses of Frida Kahlo.

Destination Fridays: Cinco de Mayo

Experience the sights, sounds and tastes of Mexico with authentic cuisine from Azteca Restaurant, a cooking demo from Le Cordon Bleu chefs, dance lessons and stage show from dynamic dance troupe Ameyal, mariachi madness, fantasy face painting at El Selfie Salon, giveaways and raffle prizes galore, including two roundtrip airline tickets to Mexico City! Fans of  Frida Kahlo can enjoy an exclusive exhibit of little-known photographs and a slide show of newly discovered fashion images of Mexican art icon Frida Kahlo as well as art talks from NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale and m+v ART.  Order your $10 tickets through Eventbrite or pay in cash or by credit card at the door. This is an after-hours event for ages 21-plus.

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