In conjunction with Frida Kahlo, (February 20-May 18, 2008), the Philadelphia Museum of Art is offering a stimulating series of art history courses, concerts, and lectures and a Friday evening performance to broaden the experience of the galleries, enabling visitors to consider a variety of connections and perspectives on the Mexican artist, her contemporaries, her influence, and her times. To register for any of these programs, call 215-235-SHOW or visit the website. Registration is available at the Museum although pre-registration is strongly encouraged. (Members receive a 20% discount on courses, workshops, and concerts.)
Van Pelt Auditorium
Free after Museum admission. Tickets required.
Frida Kahlo: Her Life, Her Art, Her Legacy
Lecturer: Hayden Herrera, curator, art critic, lecturer, and author of the preeminent biography of artist Frida Kahlo
Friday, February 22, 6:00 p.m.
This lecture is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Frida Kahlo.
Juan Soriano and Modern Painting in Mexico 1935-50
Lecturer: Edward Sullivan, Dean for the Humanities, New York University
Friday, April 11, 6:00 p.m.
This lecture is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Fragile Demon: Juan Soriano in Mexico, 1935-50
Kahlo Today: A Contemporary Artists Panel
Moderator: Emily Hage, co-curator of the Frida Kahlo exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Van Pelt Auditorium
Free after Museum admission. Ticket required.
A roundtable discussion with New York and Philadelphia-based artists Lesley Dill, Sarah McEneaney, and Marta Sanchez, as well as art historian, critic, and Remedios Varo biographer Janet Kaplan. Participants will discuss the ways in which Frida Kahlo and her paintings have informed and intersected with their own creative and scholarly practice. A conversation among participants will follow, with time for audience questions at the end.
ART HISTORY COURSES
The Folk Arts of Mexico
Lecturer: Julia Zagar, art collector, dealer, and owner of Eyes Gallery, Philadelphia
In celebration of Frida Kahlo, this course will examine the vibrant traditions of Mexican folk arts. Beginning with an overview of Mexico’s rich craft traditions, and a look at several centers of production, the course will conclude by examining Kahlo’s own collection and passion for the indigenous crafts or her native land.
1. Mexican Folk Arts: an Overview
2. Tonala, Jalisco and Ocumicho
4. Frida’s Closet
Thursdays: 4 sessions, February 7, 14, 21, 28 (9:30-10:30am)
Saturdays: 2 sessions, February 9, 23 (9:30-11:45am)
Kahlo, Mexican Modernism, and a Philadelphia Story
Lecturers: Tatiana Flores (TF), Assistant Professor of Art History and Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies, Rutgers University; Aurelia Gomez (AG), Instructor of Spanish, Haverford College, and Ph.D. Candidate, Hispanic Studies, University of Pittsburgh; Sharon Skeel (SS), independent scholar and author; Emily Hage (EH), Mellon Curatorial Fellow, Philadelphia Museum of Art
Frida Kahlo’s work is highly regarded for its singular expression of Mexico’s rich and complex culture. This interdisciplinary lecture series will take a close look at Kahlo’s self-portraits, while it also considers the broader context of the Mexican avant-garde cultural, social, and political movements of the first half of the twentieth century. The story of Kahlo’s 1932 visit to Philadelphia—and the unusual circumstances behind it—will fascinate Philadelphia history buffs.
1. Kahlo's Contemporaries: Women Artists in Post-Revolutionary Mexico (TF)
2. Resistance Modernity: Avant-garde and Nationalism in Mexican Culture (AG)
3. Horse Power or Horse Pheathers?: The World Premier of H.P. (SS)
4. Excellent Beauty: Frida Kahlo’s Self-Portraits (EH)
Thursdays: 4 sessions, March 6, 13, 20, 27 (1:30-2:30pm)
Saturdays: 2 sessions, March 15 and 29 (1:30-3:45pm)
CONCERTS and PERFORMANCES
Ticket prices for each concert are $20
Tres Vidas: The Core Ensemble featuring Georgina Corbo
Friday, March 7
8:00 p.m. in Van Pelt Auditorium
The Core Ensemble along with Georgina Corbo present this chamber music theater work based on the lives of three legendary Latin American women: Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, Salvadorian peasant –activist Rufina Amaya and Argentine poet Alfonsina Storni. The musical score includes Latin American folk music, and pieces by Argentine, Mexican and Cuban composers. This performance is presented in conjunction with the special exhibition Frida Kahlo.
Eliot Fisk and Zaira Meneses
Sunday, May 4
2:30 p.m. in Van Pelt Auditorium
Guitar virtuosos Eliot Fisk and Zaira Meneses present an evening of Mexican folk music and classical repertoire in conjunction with the special exhibition Frida Kahlo.
Frida Kahlo Film Series
All performances are at 2:30 in Van Pelt Auditorium
Free after Museum admission. Ticket required.
Frida, starring Selma Hayak, directed by Julie Taymor, and based on the biography by Hayden Herrera
Sunday, March 16th
Time in the Sun, from footage shot for Sergei Eisenstein’s Que Viva Mexico!
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Miroslava, starring Veronica Langer, directed by Alejandro Pelayo. Miroslava was the winner of six “Ariel” awards (Mexico’s Oscar).
Sunday, May 11, 2008
FRIDAY EVENING PROGRAM
Frida Kahlo: Self Portrait
May 2, 2008
5:45 and 7:15 p.m.
Free with Museum admission
Award winning dance company Miró premieres Self Portrait, an original performance commissioned by Art After Five and inspired by Frida Kahlo's diary. It uses dance, live animation, video, still imagery, choreography, elaborate sets and costumes in what directors Amanda Miller and Tobin Rothlein describe as a “a living performance sculpture” to be witnessed from all sides. Inspired by Kahlo’s The Broken Column (1944) and other works, it reflects on Kahlo’s struggles with illness and penchant for self-expression.
Frida Kahlo is organized by the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, in association with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The curators for the exhibition are Hayden Herrera and Walker Art Center associate curator Elizabeth Carpenter.
The national tour of the exhibition is made possible by Bank of America and Fundación Televisa.
Major support for the national tour is provided by Margaret and Angus Wurtele and the Fundación/Colección Jumex. Additional support is provided by Craig Baker.
The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the U.S. Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. Additional support is provided by the National Council for Culture and the Arts (CONACULTA) and the National Institute of Fine Arts (INBA), Mexico.
In Philadelphia, the exhibition is also made possible by Aetna.
Additional support is provided by The Pew Charitable Trusts, The Robert Montgomery Scott Fund for Exhibitions, The Kathleen C. and John J. F. Sherrerd Fund for Exhibitions, The Women's Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and by Frida's Friends, a group of generous individuals. Promotional support provided by NBC 10 WCAU and Amtrak.