04:30 PM to 07:10 PM W
Innovation Hall 328
Section Information for Fall 2023
Frida Kahlo is one of the most famous artists in the world. Her life has been made into a popular film and her paintings reproduced on T-shirts and trinkets sold far beyond her native Mexico. While her painful personal story is well-known, study of her creative process and the cultural contexts in which she painted tell us a much richer story. In this seminar we will engage in a deep exploration of the paintings Frida Kahlo created between the 1920s and the 1950s in Mexico, the United States, and Paris. We will examine her work from every angle, employing formal and stylistic analysis, iconographic and biographic interpretation, historical context, feminist approaches, historiography, and contemporary reception to arrive at a much fuller understanding of her many contributions to 20th-century art.