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.
Rick Lopez, professor, History and Environmental Studies; dean of new students; chair, Latinx and Latin American Studies, Amherst College
This course is a companion to the current exhibition, "Frida Kahlo and Arte Popular."