Part of the "Frida in Dialogue" Lecture Series offered in conjunction with the ongoing exhibition, Frida Kahlo and Arte Popular at the Museum of Fine Arts.
Rick Lopez, Professor of History, Amherst College
"Nationalism, Folk Aesthetics, and Radical Politics in the Art and Self-Presentation of Frida Kahlo"
Tuesday, April 30, 10:30 am and Thursday, May 2, 7pm
Tickets $28 for MFA members, $35 for nonmembers
Images of and by Frida Kahlo are instantly recognized by international audiences, who link her to particular self-identities and political commitments. This talk places Kahlo within her historical moment and explores how and why she drew upon folk aesthetics and nationalist ideals to push the boundaries of art, gender, and politics. Trace how “Frida-mania” mounted during three historical moments—her funeral, the rise of Chicana feminism, and today—to consider the evolving meanings we attribute to her art and self-image.