With the Walker Art Center’s popular exhibition Frida Kahlo closing on January 20, families can get one last look at the exhibition and learn more about what inspired the artist at the Free First Saturday event Finding Frida, from 10 am–3 pm Saturday, January 5. Featured events include Kids Disco, an all-ages dance party featuring music from around the world; a story reading of Margaret Frith’s Frida Kahlo: The Artist Who Painted Herself; art-making activities featuring one of Frida Kahlo’s favorite games—exquisite corpse—for which players add onto a developing story or picture, and an activity led by artist Maria Cristina Tavera making retablos and ex-votos—small votive offerings that celebrate someone surviving a misfortune; screenings of surrealist short films from the Walker collection; and a gallery treasure hunt.
Activities are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis from
10 am–3 pm. Gallery admission is free from 10 am–5 pm on Free First Saturday.
Free First Saturdays are for Families!
Activities recommended for kids ages 6–12.
Saturday, January 5, 10 am–3 pm
Discover more about the events, associations, and influences that helped shape the career of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.
Gallery Treasure Hunt, 10 am–3 pm
Pick up an English/Spanish activity sheet at the lobby desks before taking a self-guided tour of Galleries 1, 2, and 3.
Art-Making for the Entire Family: Exquisite Corpse, 10 am–3 pm
Join a collaborative game of exquisite corpse—a Frida Kahlo favorite—for which players add onto a developing story or picture.
Art-Making for the Entire Family: Reinvented Retablos, 10 am–3 pm
Star Tribune Foundation Art Lab
Kahlo was inspired by retablos and ex-votos—small votive offerings that celebrate someone surviving a misfortune. Work beside artist Maria Cristina Tavera and make your own version of a retablo.
Kids Disco: World Dance Party, 10 am–3 pm
No matter how you translate it—discoteca, diszkó, discothèque, diskoteekki—a disco is a universal word for fun. Enjoy music from around the globe in this all-ages dance party.
Film: Surrealist Shorts, 12 noon and 2 pm
Some of the paintings in the exhibition Frida Kahlo evoke landscapes and images. See how filmmakers explore the same interests on the big screen in a series of surrealist shorts from the Walker’s collection.
Story Time: Frida Kahlo: The Artist Who Painted Herself by Margaret Frith, 10 am and 2:30 pm
What questions would you ask the artist if she were alive today? Follow a young girl’s perspective throughout this illuminating biography as she writes a report on Frida Kahlo.