Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera Exhibition Opens with Color and Flair

Heard Museum hosts only North American stop on tour.

The Heard Museum’s Central Courtyard was aglow with Portofino lights Sunday April 9. Calla lilies adorned colorfully draped tables, and music from Mariachi Pasion, DJ Carl Hanni, Carlos Rivas Mex-Sal and guitarist Miguel de Maria serenaded guests throughout the spaces on the beautiful spring evening.

The occasion was the opening party for the Heard’s showing of 33 works by famed Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection. In addition to the paintings, the exhibition includes 72 photographs capturing the lives of the artists and a handmade Oaxacan clothing collection. The Heard Museum is the only North American stop on the tour.

Carrie Hulburd chaired the opening party, which was hosted by PetSmart. Heard Museum director and CEO David M. Roche, U.S. Trust/Bank of America director Chris Kelly and PetSmart CEO Michael Massey spoke of the importance of the exhibit to the museum and the community. Aventura catered the evening.

About 150 VIP guests enjoyed exclusive access, a private tequila tasting and an exhibition catalog prior to the party. The collection will be on display at the Heard Museum in the Virginia G. Piper Grand Gallery until Aug. 20, 2017.

For more information about unlimited access to the exhibition, CLICK HERE. For more information on programming, such as First Fridays, gallery conversations and family days, CLICK HERE.


Colleen and John Lomax; Christopher Ngbron and Scott Brown

AJ Dickey and Carol Schilling

Gary Jackson, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and Oscar De las Salas

Jeffrey Flicker

John and Avela Craft, Consul General Claudia Franco Hijuelos and Raphael Pozas

Mary Anne Harrison and Michael and Lori Massey

Melani Walton and Janaki Ram

Pat McKennon

PetSmart CEO Michael Massey

Rich and MaryGlenn Boals; Tracey McKee and Carrie Hulburd

Roberto Sanchez, Senator Catherine Miranda and Patsy Skyline Lowry

Vicky Bilski, Robert Littman, Ellen and Bill Taubman and David Roche

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