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Fabulous Frida and Dia de los Muertos in the Bronx


Last Thursday night, Matt surprised his wife with a late-night date-night at the awe-inspiring New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx (Lucky lady, right?!). Featuring 250 acres of flora and fauna (leaning heavily on the flora, but lest you forget – the Bronx has two of the largest parks in NYC, and therefore is a huge bird flyover spot!) and celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, the NYBG is currently enjoying an unprecedented boomtown with the exhibition Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life.

The popularity of Frida Kahlo means that the Botanical Garden has already smashed their all-star exhibit Monet’s Garden of 2012. Riding this popularity, the NYBG is hosting a series of evening adventures in their garden, themed around Frida’s life, her nationality, her politics, her art, and topically enough, the just-passed Mexican celebration Dia de los Muertos.

And for the exhibit’s closing weekend, the NYBG hosted a Dia de los Muertos party. Although Matt and Jenny didn’t make it to that fest, they did attend a Frida Look Alike Contest, listened to some incredible live Mexican folk music accompanied by stilt dancers, and enjoyed the scale version of Kahlo’s legendary garden pyramid, recreated from the original at her Casa Azul home in Mexico City. Said pyramid was designed to display her extensive collection of Pre-Columbian artifacts.


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