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Natural History & Fine Arts Museum

Special Exhibits

The Kenosha Public Museum collects, preserves, and interprets decorative and fine arts, natural science specimens, and cultural artifacts from around the world.

Our galleries are filled with objects and information to facilitate learning, collaboration, and engagement. Here are our current and upcoming special temporary exhibits.


Oneida Traditions – Voices of the Onayote’a-ka

November 9, 2019 – March 15, 2020

Artworks by Karen Ann Hoffman and Dawn Dark Mountain.

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Oral history is a long and beautiful tradition. It holds memory, culture and community. The stories that these two artists share are deeply rooted in their heritage. Like any memory, any song, any story with such a long history, variations on a theme develop over time. While the details may vary, what remains constant is the root, the theme, the meaning. It is that expression of tradition Dawn and Karen Ann are voicing, each in their own media, each with their own understanding as the traditions have come down to them.


Frida Kahlo’s Garden

January 28 – March 16, 2020

Explore Casa Azul, the private world that nourished the creativity of one of the world’s greatest artists.

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Frida Kahlo (1907–1954) is considered one of the most significant artists of the twentieth century. Her body of work, consisting of some 250 paintings and drawings, is at once intensely personal and universal in scope, and relies heavily on the natural world.

The exhibition, “Frida Kahlo’s Garden”, transports visitors to Kahlo’s garden to experience her world as she did.

The garden at Casa Azul (or “Blue House”), Kahlo’s lifelong home in Coyoacán, Mexico City, was a creative refuge and a source of inspiration for the artist and her husband, Diego Rivera (1886–1957).

The garden, which was filled with native plants, housed Kahlo and Rivera’s collection of pre-Hispanic artifacts and folk art displayed on a four-tiered pyramid inspired by the Mesoamerican city of Teotihuacan.

This exhibition offers insights into the ways in which the garden at Casa Azul, the diversity of plant life in Mexico, and the rich cultural history of the country nourished the creativity of one of the world’s greatest artists.

Often overshadowed by her husband’s career and the traumatic events in her life, this exhibition approaches Kahlo from a different angle, to broaden the discussion of the artist by focusing on the influence of her surrounding environment, both natural and nationalistic. This approach examines her garden, her home, and the revolutionary influences that impacted her life.

Kahlo’s works are filled with colorful and compelling depictions of flowers, foliage, and fruits, many native to Mexico. Her choice of botanical imagery reflects the embrace of archetypal Mexican indigenous and natural elements that defined art in the decades following the Mexican Revolution (1910–20).

Through her profoundly personal paintings, which convey cultural, spiritual, and intimate messages, her reverence for nature, and her nationalistic fashion sense, Kahlo has become an icon within the artistic world.

Visitors to this exhibition will explore iconic photographs of the artist and her home and garden, in addition to reproductions of several of her paintings. Also included are information about native Mexican plants that were grown in her garden, a dress from the Mexican state of Oaxaca where Kahlo sourced many of her dresses, and examples of folk art collected by Kahlo and Rivera. Additionally, visitors will learn about Mexican culture, including traditional festivities, food and drink, and agricultural practices.

This exhibition is made possible by NEH on the Road, a special initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities. “Frida Kahlo’s Garden” is adapted from the exhibition, “FRIDA KAHLO: ART, GARDEN, LIFE”, organized by guest curator Adriana Zavala at The New York Botanical Garden. It was made possible with major funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Karen Katen Foundation, The LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust, MetLife Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and Gillian and Robert Steel. It was adapted and toured for NEH on the Road by the Mid-America Arts Alliance.


KUSD 49th Annual District Wide Student Art Show

March 28 – April 19, 2020


Transparent Watercolor Society of America 44th Annual National Juried Exhibition

May 2 – August 2, 2020