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There Sure Were a Lot of Fridas at the DMA Last Night

Hundreds of men, women, and children dressed as the famed Mexican artist to help set a world record.
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There Sure Were a Lot of Fridas at the DMA Last Night

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Guinness won’t confirm it for a little while, but there were enough unibrows outside the Dallas Museum of Art on Thursday night that it seems all but official: The record was set for the largest gathering ever of people dressed like the famed Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. (The apparent absence of a previous record holder also helps.)

Hundreds of men, women, and babies united their eyebrows and donned shawls, long dresses, and flowers, emulating Kahlo on what would have been her 110th birthday. A full headcount wasn’t immediately available, but the DMA shared a video that leaves an impression of the scale of its Frida Fest:

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The full-blown “Fridamania” was a smart tie-in to the museum’s exhibition Mexico 1900-1950, which closes July 16 but is already one of the DMA’s most-attended shows in years. Some of that high attendance can be attributed to the interest and enthusiasm of Dallas’ Latino community, and some can certainly be attributed to the significance and enduring popularity of Kahlo. We’re hard pressed to name another artist who could justify this kind of world record attempt. All of the above is great news for Agustin Arteaga, who is off to a great start as the museum’s new director. It’s also great news for Dallas, to have an art museum serving everyone in the city.

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